Where are the Mariners from the club’s last finals appearance in 2014?

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With the Central Coast Mariners returning to finals football after a seven year absence, it is time to look back at the squad that competed in the 2014 semi-finals and see where they are now.

It has been a long time between final appearances for the Mariners, their last appearance came in 2014 when they were defeated by Western Sydney Wanderers in the semi-final.

Let us see what happened to the Mariners that took the pitch that day.

STARTING XI

Liam Reddy

The journeyman goalkeeper was brought in to replace Mathew Ryan and had an impressive debut season for the Mariners.

He is currently playing for Perth Glory at the ripe old age of 39.

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Josh Rose

The left back was an integral part of the Mariners squad from 2010 to 2016 and after a brief stint with Melbourne City returned for one final season with the Mariners.

He is currently playing for Edgeworth Eagles in the Northern NSW NPL.

Zac Anderson

Anderson was brought in from the defunct Gold Coast United as a long term replacement for Trent Sainsbury. He stayed with the Mariners for three seasons before becoming a bit of a journeyman traveling around Asia.

He is currently signed with Olympic FC in the Queensland NPL.

Eddy Bosnar

Bosnar was brought into the squad to provide much needed experience after the retirement of Patrick Zwaanswijk. Bosnar was released just a year later after falling out with coach Tony Walmsley.

Bosnar retired in 2016 after playing one last season for Sydney United 58.

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Storm Roux

The young right back was signed by then coach Graham Arnold and cemented the right back position as his own in his first season with the squad.

Touted as a future captain of the club, Roux stayed until the 2018 season before moving on to the Melbourne Victory where he remains today.

Nick Montgomery

The English defensive midfielder joined the Mariners after a 12 year stint with his boyhood club Sheffield United. He formed a potent partnership with John Hutchinson in the midfield and would eventually captain the club.

He retired in 2018 after a season with the Wollongong Wolves and is now the coach of the Mariners’ NPL team.

John Hutchinson

The captain of the club and one of the few remaining original players, Hutchinson was a stalwart in the midfield.

He retired in 2015 and began his coaching career right away. Hutchinson was studying under Ange Postecoglou in the J-League, before his mentor made the move to Celtic FC.

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Anthony Caceres

One of the last products of the Mariners’ Academy golden period of the early 2010s. The creative midfielder cemented his credentials as a first team player in the 2013/14 season.

After being signed by Manchester City and being loaned out several times, Caceres has finally found a home at Sydney FC.

Nick Fitzgerald

The creative winger was part of the golden era of the Mariners’ Academy and after spending some time with Brisbane Roar returned to the Mariners to reclaim a starting spot.

Fitzgerald eventually signed with several other A-League clubs and was last signed with Jamshedpur FC in the Indian Super League.

Berni Ibini

Another of the golden era of youth players for the Mariners, Ibini was integral in the Mariners run to the finals that season. His performances led to a move to Shanghai Dongya and several loans back to A-League clubs.

Ibini has struggled to stay with a club consistently and now finds himself at the Western Sydney Wanderers playing under Carl Robinson for the third time.

Mitchell Duke

Once again another of the youth products to make his breakthrough with the Mariners, Duke was not as prolific in front of goal as Ibini but was still crucial to the Mariners finals run.

After a few overseas stints, Duke now finds himself on loan at the Wanderers.

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Substitutes

Justin Pasfield

Pasfield made most of his appearances for North Queensland Fury and when they went under was picked up by the Mariners to be their reserve keeper. He made several appearances over a three year stint but eventually left the club.

He last played for the Wollongong Wolves in the NSW NPL.

Glen Trifiro

Brought in to help with squad depth, Trifiro spent two seasons with the Mariners before moving to Sydney FC 58 where he remains today.

Kim Seung-Yung

Kim joined the squad to mainly help with the AFC Champions League campaign and made a few appearances in the league as an attacking midfielder.

He now plays for Lee Man in the Hong Kong Premier League.

Matt Simon

Simon returned to the Mariners after an injury plagued season in Korea. After two seasons back with the Mariners Simon joined Sydney FC and reunited with Graham Arnold.

Simon is now back with the Mariners and having a potentially career best season.

Mile Sterjovski

The Socceroos star signed on for the 2012/13 season and was convinced to play one more season before retiring.

He was an experienced performer that helped guide the young Mariners squad.

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Ben Johnston
I grew up on the Central Coast and fell in love with football in 2005. Supporter of Mariners, Manchester United and Macclesfield Town.

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