Central Coast Mariners have announced versatile 24-year-old midfielder Glen ‘Tricky’ Trifiro has signed a one-season contract extension with the club.
Glen Trifiro, brother of Western Sydney Wanderers midfielder Jason Trifiro, linked with the yellow and navy on the Hyundai A-League’s mid-season transfer deadline day in early February.
Since then, the former Sydney United 58 man has made the most of his time with the defending domestic champions. Indeed, Trifiro scored the match-sealing goal against Newcastle Jets in the F3 Derby in mid-March, and has put in accomplished performances in Australia’s top flight, plus the AFC Champions League and on the training track.
Trifiro said that he is delighted to have extended his stay with the Mariners, but explained that his full focus is on the remainder of the Club’s current campaign.
“It feels great to have signed with the Mariners for another year,” Trifiro said. “I am very happy to have my immediate playing future settled and to know that I will have another 12 months in such a professional set-up.”
“I feel as if I have really improved over the last few months and I put that down to training in a great environment. It’s a credit to the Club how welcome they have made me feel – we have a great bunch of boys, top coaches and staff.”
“First and foremost my goal is to remain focussed until the end of the season and to try and help the team in whatever way I can. We have a big chance in the Hyundai A-League Finals and have the opportunity to go through to the knockout phase of the AFC Champions League, so I want to play my part in helping the team,” he said.
Central Coast Mariners boss Phil Moss said Trifiro’s transition from State League semi pro to fully-fledged Hyundai A-Leaguer ought to inspire the many hopefuls currently dreaming of bigger and better things for their own football careers.
“Glen’s new contract is a reward for a lot of hard work,” Moss said. “It’s always great to see a player make the step up from the semi professional ranks to the professional ranks.”
“’Trif’ has proven himself on and off the field that he’s worthy of another year and we are really excited to see where we can take him with a full pre-season. We are going to work hard with him to take him to another level physically, because tactically and technically he has already shown that he can handle life in the Hyundai A-League.”
"We are committed to bringing in quality players who are also quality people and fit the unique culture we have at the Mariners, and Glen has ticked all those boxes.”
"Those key qualities combined with technical ability & mobility are crucial to me as part of the evolution of this football team in keeping with my football philosophy,” he said.
Moss added that Trifiro’s re-signing continues the well-established trend of the Mariners providing opportunities to talented players on the periphery of professional contracts, and paid tribute to Sydney United 58 and their Head Coach Mark Rudan.
“Glen had been playing in the State League for a number of years and ‘Rudes’ (Rudan) obviously knew what buttons to push to get him to the next level,” he said. “Mark debuted as a coach last year and having helped get a player to the A-League straight away is certainly a credit to him and his coaching staff.”
Central Coast Mariners Chief Executive Officer, Mr Bruce Stalder, said: “Glen Trifiro’s attitude and application since he signed with us in February has been fantastic. While everyone appreciates Glen’s contributions on the pitch, his community-minded approach away from play is also to be commended.”
Trifiro is part of the Central Coast Mariners squad heading north to Queensland today for Saturday’s clash with Brisbane Roar at Suncorp Stadium.
Brisbane Roar FC vs. Central Coast Mariners FC - Hyundai A-League Round 27
Saturday 12 April 2014
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Kick-off: 7:45pm (AEST)
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