After finishing the season with the wooden spoon, Central Coast Mariners are determined to turn their fortunes around and with new coach Mike Mulvey at the helm have re-signed defender Antony Golec for at least one more year.
The 27-year-old centre back, who fractured his tibial plateau in March, was dearly missed at the end of the season with the Mariners suffering an embarrassing 8-2 defeat to Newcastle Jets in his absence.
With 81 A-League appearance to his name, 22 of those coming with the Central Coast, Golec is an ideal block to build on from the back.
Despite being under an injury cloud for the start of next season, the Mariners have shown their faith in the player and an eagerness to centre their plans around him.
"We’re rapt that Antony has finally found his football “home” on the Central Coast," Mulvey said.
"He’s embraced this club, this community and what it means to be a leader. He wants to set an example for others to follow.
"He’s been in the A-League for a decade now and turns 28 next month, which means he is coming into his prime years as a defender.
"We want to build a defence around him and we'll be looking for him to lead from the back."
Currently recovering from injury, the decision to re-sign was a simple one for Golec, who had a stint in Europe prior to initially signing for the club.
"Unfortunately, last season didn’t go the way we wanted it to go but on a personal level I felt like I built a strong platform to move forward in the future with the club and I honestly couldn’t imagine playing for another club this season," Golec said.
"I’ve got unfinished business with the Mariners and I want to achieve something with the club and the fans.
"With Mike coming in, we’ve all heard great things. It’s always exciting when a new coach comes in. When I met with Mike, he was very adamant that next season will be a big season for us, he has big plans for the club and I really want to be a part of that.
"I want to win, I want to win things with the Mariners and share that with the fans, so for me it was a pretty easy decision to stay."
Though struggling in recent seasons, the Central Coast need to only look up the F3 at Newcastle to see what's possible in a short space of time.