Daniel Hall’s Mariners gamble paying off

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Young Central Coast Mariners defender Daniel Hall has opened up about the beginning of his career as a professional footballer.

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Hall, originally from Queensland, joined the Mariners academy in mid-2018.

After trialling the side, he captained the Mariner’s youth team and NPL first grade sides to a title.

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“I was 18 or 19, living at home, and swiftly I had a trial with Central Coast Mariners,” Hall stated.

“It was an opportunity I couldn’t turn down. So after doing ongoing trials to eventually getting told I could join the youth team, I packed up and moved down. But it was a long way from home.”

Hall, now a staple in the Mariner’s backline, admitted it was sink-or-swim during his academy days.

“When you’re one of the older players in the youth team, you know, you don’t have forever in the youth academy,” he said. 

“So you know it will be your make-or-break season that year or the next. Therefore, there’s a little bit of pressure.”

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Statistics suggest that being released from football academies can often lead to depression, anxiety and a loss of confidence for some players.

 “It might ruin their lifestyle to not make it as a professional. They don’t know what they are without being a footballer. So that takes a toll on your mental health,” Hall said. 

The Mariners academy, however, is well known for producing some of Australia’s best football talents. And Australians might yet be witnessing the birth of another memorable player from Gosford.

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Hall signed his first professional contract in 2020 and debuted in 2021 away at Sydney FC.

Now a first-team regular, the centre-back opened up about his youth days before making it to a professional level.

“In the youth team, finance is one of the toughest things,” he said.

“I was getting paid around $100 a week and leaving away from home. But then again, I was more excited about a new experience and opportunity.”

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For the time being, the 23-year-old Fijian Australian is grateful for the opportunity to play professionally. However, Hall said he is determined to keep working hard and see how far his football career can take him, wherever that may be.

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Edith Yankuba
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A curious journalism student seeking knowledge from the world via stories and all things football. Covering the 2022/2023 A-League season for Western Sydney Wanderers and the Central Coast Mariners.

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