Central Coast Mariners to re-sign key trio after Graham Arnold's decision to stay at the club

Central Coast's positive week, in which Arnold elected to stay at the club, has got better, with Rogic, Zwaanswijk and Bojic tipped to prolong their stays

The Central Coast Mariners are set to re-sign three key players in the wake of Graham Arnold's decision to remain as coach of the club.

The A-League club had yet to settle on the futures of several players while Arnold's future at Gosford remained in doubt, with the former Australia manager heavily tipped to join Sydney FC.

Since Arnold elected on Monday to stay at the helm of the Mariners, however, the club has now moved quickly to tie up the futures of out-of-contract trio Patrick Zwaanswijk, Tom Rogic and Pedj Bojic.

Attacking midfielder Rogic, 19, and dynamic right-back Bojic were offered new deals on Thursday, while Zwaanswijk will enter negotiations with the club in the coming days.

Rogic signed a short-term deal with the Mariners in January, but quickly emerged as one of the competition's hottest prospects.

"We offered Pedj a new deal yesterday and I only sent Tom's off this morning but I'm confident both will stay - certainly they've both said they want to," Mariners football director Lawrie McKinna told The Daily Telegraph.

"Tom was waiting to see what Arnie decided, while Pedj has been in talks for a while and is pretty close to agreement so hopefully we can get both of their situations sorted and tie them down for next season."

McKinna - in his second stint in the role after more than a year coaching in China - said veteran Dutch defender Zwaanswijk had committed to stay at the Mariners.

"Patrick had a great season, and he's keen to stay, especially now that he knows Arnie will be here," McKinna said.

"I had an initial chat with him yesterday and we'll step it up after the players return from the ACL game next week."

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