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Australian Football: Montgomery pens new Mariners deal

Central Coast Mariners have secured the future of coach Nick Montgomery after he penned a contract extension for the next two seasons.

The Mariners had an outstanding 2021/22 A-League campaign when they reached the FFA Cup final before losing to
Melbourne Victory, while they also made the top six for the second season running.

Stajic departure

Central Coast were expected to find it tough following the departure of coach Alen Stajic at the end of last season but Montgomery and his assistant Sergio Raimundo have proved all the doubters wrong.

The former Mariners player has been rewarded with a deal that will stretch until the end of the 2023/24 A-League season. And he cannot wait to take the club into the future.

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"I am excited to build on the foundations that we started a few years ago in becoming the best development club in the A-League," Montgomery said after the deal was announced. "With last season's FFA Cup Final, and our second consecutive top six finish, we have set a benchmark.

"Sergio and I will attempt to do everything we can to recruit, retain and develop our own players and compete strongly in the competition, making the Coast proud of who we are."

Men for the job

Meanwhile, Mariners head of football Ken Schembri is in no doubt that Montgomery and Raimundo are the men to take the Mariners on to even better things.

"Twelve months ago, I had no hesitation in recommending Nick and Sergio to our executives for the role of head and assistant coach, and over the last season, they have shown everyone the capabilities that they have as coaches," Schembri said.

"Everyone at Central Coast Mariners is very confident that their extension by another two years will take the club to the level that we aspire to be at."

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