Central Coast Mariners have received a boost with key men Tomas Rogic and Patrick Zwaanswijk extending their contracts at the club.
Attacking midfielder Rogic and Dutch defender Zwaanswijk were instrumental as the Mariners finished first to claim the Premiers' Plate in the 2011/12 Hyundai A-League season.
Rogic, 19, was reportedly a target for other clubs at home and abroad after bursting onto the scene last term.But both players have now opted to remain at Bluetongue Stadium until the end of the 2013 AFC Champions League group stage.
"Tomas is one of the brightest prospects in Australian football, a player who could have an outstanding career if developed properly," Mariners coach Graham Arnold said.
"Tommy believed staying at the Mariners was the best thing for his personal development and with a full pre-season we believe he will be a key player for us next season."
Despite his advancing years, Arnold is confident 37-year-old Zwaanswijk will continue to contribute in what will be his third campaign at the club.
Patrick wanted to play another season and we wanted Patrick to remain a Mariner," he said.
"He has proven in his two seasons in Australia so far that he is one of the best foreign players ever to play in the country.
"We know and expect Patrick will give us the same level of performance next season as he has in the past two years at the club."
Central Coast beat Brisbane Roar to first place in last season's premiership, but failed to reach the Grand Final after losing to first the Roar and then Perth Glory in the semi-finals and preliminary final respectively.