Stensness locks in future with the Mariners

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Gianni Stensness says he is very fortunate to be playing with the Central Coast Mariners after signing a two-year contract extension with the club.

The Mariners’ midfielder signed a new two-year contract extension on Monday to stay in the yellow and navy and the young prospect could not be happier.

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Stensness said it was a no brainer to resign with the club and secure his future.

“They have been very supportive of me and have got the best out of me, so it was an easy decision,” he said.

“I have worked really hard to get a starting spot in the team, but it has a lot to do with the faith Stajcic has put in me.

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“He (Stajcic) is really supportive of the young players and shows encouragement towards them. You do not get that at every club you go to so I’m really lucky.”

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The New Zealand U20 international called back to his previous time at the club in their academy system.

“Having been at the Mariners Academy for two NYL seasons and an NPL season it is great to be back here,” he said.

“I think I owe the club a little bit for contributing to my development.”

Mariners’ coach Alen Stajcic was delighted to see Stensness lock in his future with the side.

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“As a club, we’re very excited to have extended Gianni and having come on trial a few months ago to now being an integral part of our starting XI,” he said.

“It is clear he has a bright future here.”

Stensness has started in all seven Mariners A-League fixtures this season and has looked solid covering the defence and starting attacks for the yellow and navy.

Feature image credit: Scott Gardiner, Central Coast Mariners

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