Central Coast Mariners wish to refute speculation in this morning’s media suggesting the Club is seeking to relocate to the North Sydney region in the coming years.
The Club’s owners – including majority shareholder Mr Michael Charlesworth – have injected over $15 million into the Club as well as the Club’s Tuggerah-based Centre of Excellence over the past year, and as such the Central Coast will remain the home of the reigning Hyundai A-League Champions.
Indeed, Mr Charlesworth is investing in the Club’s Centre of Excellence with the aim of Central Coast being home to the premier sports training facility in the country, and one day being the official training base of Australia’s men's and women's national football teams.
While the Mariners’ commitment to the Coast is unwavering, recent analysis of the Club’s Membership base highlighted that approximately 20 per cent of the Club’s Members currently reside in Sydney’s northern suburbs. As such, the Club already views Sydney’s northern suburbs as an extension of Mariner territory, and is working closely with the Northern Suburbs Football Association to ensure the players, officials, volunteers, and supporters of the region have a Hyundai A-League team to call their own.
Central Coast Mariners will play its Hyundai A-League 2013/14 round 6 match against Wellington Phoenix at North Sydney Oval on Thursday 19 December. The Club wishes to engage with more supporters from Sydney’s northern suburbs in order to encourage them to routinely make the short trip up the M1 Motorway to watch the Mariners in action.
The Club will study the off-field success of its game against Wellington Phoenix in late 2013 and early 2014, before making any decision or commitment to play further matches at North Sydney Oval in the future.