In the 2012-13 A-League season Central Coast Mariners won their inaugural championship led by Graham Arnold and with the squad they had it’s easy to see why.

As we know, it hasn’t been the same since Arnold departed and the Mariners have struggled to make it back into finals contention.

After giving Paul Okon the boot Central Coast have turned to Mike Mulvey to help steer the ship towards success, following another season where they’ll finish in the bottom half of the table. Can he bring silverware back to Gosford and do better than the squad Arnold assembled?

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Players still in the A-League:

Josh Rose – Is the only member of the Mariners’ championship-winning squad that’s still at the club. He left for a stint in 2016-17 with Melbourne City but apart from that he’s been at Gosford since 2010. The veteran will hang up the boots at the end of this season and finish up with the second most caps for Central Coast.

Oliver Bozanic – He’s been in and out of the A-League since he departed the Mariners where he stayed for three seasons in 2010-2013. He joined FC Luzern for two seasons and returned to Australia to play for Melbourne Victory during 2015-2017. He departed overseas once again to Ventforet Kofu but after a brief spell there he’s recently arrived at Melbourne City.

Michael McGlinchey – Was part of the Mariners in 2009-2014 but had a couple loan spells with Motherwell and Vegalta Sendai in 2010 and 2014 respectively. He opted for a change of scenery and decided to return to his home country at the end of the 2013-14 season. The Kiwi joined Wellington Phoenix for the next campaign and has been there ever since.

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Those playing outside the A-League or retired: 

Mathew Ryan – Showed good form as an up and coming goalkeeper for the Mariners in his three seasons and got better with experience. He sealed a move to Club Brugge in 2013 where he performed strongly for two seasons. Another step up to Valencia CF in 2015-2017 didn’t fare as he would’ve liked as he was surpassed by injury returnee Diego Alves. Ryan has now settled at Brighton & Hove Albion with regular game time.

Daniel McBreen – The golden boot winner of 2012-13 during his time at the Mariners in 2010-2014. He went on a loan to Shanghai SIPG in 2013 before he joining the Chinese officially. He returned to Australia to play for Edgeworth Eagles from 2016 and you’ll now also find him as a commentator and panellist for Fox Sports.

Pedj Bojic – Was released in 2013 after he joined the Mariners in 2008. He moved on to Sydney FC where he lasted another two seasons but left in 2015 and hasn’t been seen at a professional level since. Outside the pitch, he’s always had a passion for personal training and contributes to a clothing brand named “A-List Limited.”

Patrick Zwaanswijk – The Mariners’ former vice-captain finished his career on a high by winning the championship and was a valuable leader in the three seasons he spent at the club. He did play in the AFC Champions League round of 16 match against Guangzhou Evergrande but decided to hang up the boots afterwards to pursue other interests. Currently he’s an analyst for SBS’ coverage of their weekly English Premier League match.

John Hutchinson – The longest serving Mariners’ player in history with 228 games spanning a duration of 10 years from when he joined in 2005. Was the skipper of their 2012-13 championship and retired in 2015 to launch into a coaching career. He spent a couple of years in Gosford as an assistant learning the craft and today he holds the head coaching role for Seattle Sounders FC 2.

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Bernie Ibini-Isei – After making a name for himself as a Mariners youth player, he’s had an interesting journey before landing at Vancouver Whitecaps FC. He signed with Shanghai Dongya but was loaned out twice to Central Coast and Sydney FC in 2013-14 and 2014-15 respectively. He moved on to Club Brugge during 2015-2017 where he struggled for game time and was subsequently loaned to Sydney FC again in 2016-2017.

Tom Rogic – His breakthrough season for the Mariners in their championship campaign prompted a big move to Celtic. Initially he was loaned to Melbourne Victory in 2014 but he still resides in Glasgow as a valuable contributor now for the Scottish club.

Trent Sainsbury – Another youth player from the Mariners who showed very good potential during his time at Gosford in 2010-2014. He made the European move to PEC Zwolle for two seasons and from 2016 he’s been in Asia at Jiangsu Suning with loans to Inter Milan and his current team Grasshopper Club Zurich.

Nick Montgomery – A reliable midfield partner with Hutchinson and a handy recruit for the Mariners in 2012-17 following a 12 year tenure at Sheffield United. Montgomery’s experience in midfield was a key component for the Mariners but the Scot actually missed the 2012-13 Grand Final through suspension. Currently he’s still in Australia running around for Wollongong Wolves.

Statistics courtesy of Ultimate A-League: http://www.ultimatealeague.com/

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Liam Watson is covering Melbourne Victory this season while completing Media and Communications at La Trobe University.