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Along with the Brisbane Roar, the Mariners have been the cream of the A-League crop for the last two seasons. Can they sustain it this campaign?

GOAL.com Indonesia   By KIERAN JONES


CENTRAL COAST MARINERS

2011-12: THIRD - MINOR PREM [15-6-6] COACH: GRAHAM ARNOLD          

2012-13 SQUAD

Mathew Ryan, Daniel McBreen, Joshua Rose, Pedj Bojic, Zachary Anderson, Patrick Zwaanswijk, John Hutchinson, Adriano Pellegrino, Bernie Ibini-Isei, Tom Rogic, Oliver Bozanic, Troy Hearfield, Brent Griffiths, Michael McGlinchey, Brad McDonald, Trent Sainsbury, Anthony Caceres, Nick Montgomery, Mitchell Duke, Justin Pasfield, Mile Sterjovski, Jimmy Oates, Adam Kwasnik.

In: Zachary Anderson, Brent Griffiths, Mile Sterjovski, Nick Montgomery.

Out: Brad Porter, Stuart Musialik, Mustafa Amini, John Sutton, Alex Wilkinson, Sam Gallagher, Trent McClenahan.

THE KEYS

STAR MAN: Mat Ryan ONE TO WATCH:  Bernie Ibini

Was the A-League's Goalkeeper of the Season in 2011-12, and is probably the most important man in the Mariners side. Trialed overseas and, at 20, he has a massive future ahead of him.   

It is hard to believe Ibini is only 19. The striker looks ready for a breakout season and if anyone can get the most out of him it is Arnold, who has resisted the urge to overuse the youngster. 

THE LOWDOWN

Arnold may find it hard to repeat the success of last year's home-and-away campaign because of the large turnover of players from his squad. They have brought in Mile Sterjovski and Mat Ryan is certainly a star between the sticks, but the Mariners should be wary of sliding down the table should they fail to click early in the campaign.

GOAL.COM PREDICTOR:
THIRD


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