Transfer news: Mariners sign experienced defender

The Central Coast Mariners have confirmed the signing of Championship winning defender Josh Rose ahead of the Hyundai A-League 2017/18 season.

Rose arrived on the Central Coast in 2010, where he managed 160 Hyundai A-League appearances with the Mariners. After spending the 2016/17 season with Melbourne City, Josh Rose has today completed his medical at the Central Coast Mariners Centre of Excellence and put pen-to-paper on a one-year-contract.

Josh Rose

The pacey defender adds further experience to Okon’s defensive stocks alongside the likes of Alan Baro and Antony Golec and expressed his excitement to rejoin the Mariners family.

"I’m extremely happy to be back on the Central Coast, and very grateful to be given the opportunity to wear the Mariners jersey again," Rose said. "I can’t wait to get back out there in front of the supporters, family & friends again. This club means a lot to me, it’s given a lot to me in the past and I feel like I’ve still got a lot to give back to the club.

"I think there is a lot of very good talent in those young boys in the club at the moment, and I'm looking forward to working with them on the field and off the field to try and help develop their game to the best they can. I’m sure with Paolo in charge, they definitely have a massive future ahead of them,” Rose said.

Rosey

Head Coach Paul Okon is confident that the return of Rose will play a major role both on and off the pitch as a mentor to the younger players in his squad. 

"We are of course very happy to bring Josh home,” Okon said. “Josh has a big role to play at the club both on and off the field – his experience will be a big asset to the club, especially with so many new faces coming in.