Melling hopeful Alen Stajcic will stay on at the Mariners

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After what can only be described as a disastrous season for the Central Coast Mariners, midfielder Jacob Melling is confident the club can turn things around next season.

With just two wins from 25 games, and bottom of the ladder by eight points, the Mariners have had a season to forget. It’s highly likely that fans of the Central Coast have lost all memory of anything related to the club since their Grand Final triumph in 2013.

The defeat last weekend against Melbourne Victory confirmed the Central Coast Mariners will take home another dreaded wooden spoon. Reflecting on the season, Jacob Melling admits the players feel a responsibility.

“We’re disappointed in ourselves for being in this situation and the only thing we can do now is just do the best we can in the last two games and end the season on a high”, Melling said.

“Now, we’ve just got to remain confident and keep working towards the one goal which is to make the finals. If you didn’t have that, there wouldn’t be any point in being a footballer.

“You’ve always got to keep striving and pushing and you have to believe, or else there’s no point”.

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The Mariners have not yet announced who will be the head coach for next season, but Jacob Melling is hopeful current caretaker coach Alen Stajcic will be given the role full-time.

“I’m hoping he stays around”, said Melling.

“He’s been a great coach and I see all the boys get along with him really well and he knows what he’s talking about”.

The Mariners have lost a number of key players already for next season, with Matt Millar, Jonathan Aspro and Connor Pain all announcing they have signed a deal with other clubs. Key players like Tom Hiariej and Jem Karacan are also out of contract and there has been no word if they will re-sign with the club beyond this season.

When Melling was asked why he wanted to stay with the Mariners, he shared his large ambitions for the club.

“I want to turn [the club] around. I want to be at a successful club, and I know it’s not that at the moment, but I feel like it can be.

“I want to be at this club when it changes and when we are making finals and pushing for top spot. I believe that we can, it’s just a matter of time.

“I’m hoping we can do that next year”.

Feature Image Credit: Central Coast Mariners

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