Where are they now: Central Coast Mariners championship starting XI

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April 21, 2013 holds a special place in Central Coast hearts, with the Mariners claiming their maiden championship after three seasons of second-place finishes.

The 2012/13 season remains Mariners most successful season, culminating 54 points with a record of 16 wins, six draws and five losses. With this in mind, let’s venture into the past and present of their starting XI.

Maty Ryan

His maiden A-League Men team, Ryan joined Central Coast in 2010 and served three years on the coast. Ryan was a solid factor behind Mariners defensive prowess with 11 clean sheets during their championship season, awarded U20 Australian Player of the Year.

Ryan left Central Coast with a championship to his name, venturing overseas to play with Club Brugge, Valencia, Genk, Brighton and Arsenal. Currently with Real Sociedad in La Liga, Ryan is also the starting goalkeeper for the Socceroos with 71 appearances.

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Pedj Bojic

Bojic played all but two matches in Mariners historic season. Bojic signed with the Mariners in 2008 after a hernia injury in 2007 forced his with Northampton Town to end. The right-back signed with rivals Sydney FC after his release from the championship victors. He only played a handful of games during the next two seasons due to conflict with coach Graham Arnold.

Bojic has since opened up Play Essentials, and is now a strength and conditioning mentor for future and current professional footballers.

Trent Sainsbury

Born in Western Australia, Sainsbury began his youth career at Perth Glory in 2008 with their 2008/09 National Youth League team before signing with Central Coast in 2010 right up to 2014. A mastermind at the back, Sainsbury was nominated for the NAB Young Footballer of the Year during their championship season, and was named the Mariners Player of the Year for the 2012–13 season and in the PFA A-League Team of the Season for 2012–13.

Following stints in Asia and Europe and even becoming the first Australian to play for Inter Milan, Sainsbury now plays for Belgian Pro League team K.V. Kortrijk and is a current member of the Socceroos squad.

Patrick Zwaanswijk

A true veteran of professional football, the Dutchman was a product of the Ajax youth academy and spent 15 seasons and 407 appearances in the top grade in Europe and Asia. Zwaanswijk moved to Australia in 2010 to sign with Central Coast, playing 99 matches and scoring a goal in their championship victory, becoming the club’s oldest goalscorer at 38. He went out a champion, retiring after the season and took up managerial roles with Central Coast (2013/14) and Western Sydney Wanderers (2020/21) academy sides. Zwaanswijk is now a business development manager with Nickaz Australia in Sydney.

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Josh Rose

Rose was part of the New Zealand Knights inaugural 2005/06 season before making 113 appearances with Universitatea Craiova in Romania. Rose signed with Central Coast in 2010 and played six seasons and 165 appearances. Eight goals for the club granted All Star recognition during the 2012/13 season. Mariners casted Rose to Melbourne City for the 2016/17 season, though he didn’t feature in their FFA Cup final victory. He returned to the coast the following season, only making two appearances, before calling it quits on his professional career. Rose is now the owner and director of Rose Football Academy, offering development coaching programs for kids and teenagers.

John Hutchinson

Club veteran Hutchinson is currently the most capped Mariner with 228 games spanning over 10 seasons with the club. Hutchinson was named captain for the 2012/13 season, leading his side to championship victory. A testimonial match between Hutch’s XI and Mariners was held upon his retirement, showing his significance to the club. Hutchinson also made 11 appearances for Malta due to his Maltese decent. Away from playing, Hutchison has managed six teams across the globe including the Mariners. He currently manages American Professional soccer team El Paso Locomotive FC.

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Oliver Bozanic

A coast local, Bozanic rejoined Central Coast following his release from Reading in 2010. Bozanic has certainly made the ALM his home, notching up 100 league appearances for the club this season. Bozanic spent the two seasons in Switzerland before returning to the A-League Men for another two seasons with Melbourne Victory. After winning the FFA Cup in 2015 with Victory, he spent a season at rivals Melbourne City and two in Scotland with Heart of Midlothian. Bozanic captained the Olyroos in their 2012 Olympic campaign, while also making appearances for the Socceroos. Bozanic is now back home with Mariners from 2020 onwards.

Bernie Ibini-Isei

A Golden Boot academy player in 2009, Ibini spent five seasons at the club. Bernie then featured in Sydney FC’s 2014/15 championship runners up season and their premiership winning 2016/17 season. Ibini is no stranger when it comes to being loaned out, which has happened is nearly every season since his professional career began. After struggles overseas, he is now contracted with Western Sydney Wanderers.

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Daniel McBreen

McBreen’s 2012/13 season was illustrious. He claimed the Golden Boot with 19 goals (most goals scored in a season in Mariners history), the Joe Marston Medal for best on ground during the grand final, and selected in the team of the season. The following season saw only two goals scored before venturing to Asia and then with Edgeworth in the National Premier Leagues Northern NSW. McBreen is now the head coach of Newcastle Jets youth team and a commentator and expert analyst with Network 10.

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Michael McGlinchey

Coming through the ranks of Scottish giants Celtic, the Scotsman landed in Australia in 2009 with the Mariners. McGlinchey made 148 appearances for the club while also making 85 appearances for Wellington Phoenix. McGlinchey retired professionally in 2021 with Scottish League One side Clyde FC, and is now currently signed with NSW National Premier League side Weston Bears. He is expected to arrive in Australia shortly as he currently resides in Scotland.

Mile Sterjovski

Former Australian international, Sterjovski played only two seasons with the Mariners after three seasons being Perth Glory’s marquee signing. Sterjovski played 44 games with Central Coast, only scoring a single goal in 19 matches during their championship winning season. Mile retired with the Mariners in 2014, founding ‘Mile Strejovski Football Coaching’, where he trains and develops kids from grassroots level right through to 17 years of age.

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Mitchell Roese
Mitchell Roese
Sports enthuse currently studying a Bachelor of Communications (Journalism) at the University of Technology Sydney. Covering the Central Coast Mariners 2021/22 A-League Season

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