Pasfield sticks with Mariners

Central Coast Mariners goalkeeper Justin Pasfield has signed a one-year contract extension, which may see him become No1if Mat Ryan leaves.

Central Coast Mariners goalkeeper Justin Pasfield has signed a one-year contract extension, while defender James Oates has departed the Gosford club.

As the league's transfer window nears its close, Mariners coach Graham Arnold has looked to sew up his squad, with second-string keeper Pasfield earning a spot despite playing just eight times in the past two seasons.

The former North Queensland Fury shot-stopper said he is still enjoying his time deputising for Australia international Mat Ryan.

"I've been here for the past two seasons and it's exciting times," the 27-year-old Pasfield said.

"I set myself a goal when I came here to try and establish myself as the number one but obviously Maty is doing fantastic. I am excited to be here for another season."

Arnold heaped praise on his second keeper, admitting he was keeping Pasfield as a solid back-up in case Ryan was unavailable.

"He's been great in the two years that we've had him here," Arnold said.

"In the games he's played he's shown that he can be a first team 'keeper and I always like the luxury of having two first-team keepers."

Meanwhile, Oates - a 21-year-old defender - agreed to be released from the Mariners, cutting short his one-season deal with the Premiers Plate holders.

Oates injured his ankle prior to this season, and is expected to look for a club in New South Wales' Premier League.