SUPPORT: Despite being only 23, midfielder Nick Fitzgerald is one of the most experienced Central Coast Mariners players.
SUPPORT: Despite being only 23, midfielder Nick Fitzgerald is one of the most experienced Central Coast Mariners players.

Nick and the Mariners finding the right Fitz

DON'T be surprised if there's plenty of noise each time Nick Fitzgerald touches the ball on Friday night.

The Mariners midfielder is no stranger to Coffs Harbour as he has family here and he's sure they'll make their presence known at C.ex Coffs International Stadium.

"You'll definitely hear them, don't worry about that," Fitzgerald said.

The 23 year-old has the potential to give not only his family plenty to cheer about this season, but the large core of Central Coast supporters as well.

Although young in years, Fitzgerald already has plenty of Hyundai A-League experience under his belt and as an attacking midfielder, he's looking forward to creating a potent partnership with the club's new attacking weapons Mitch Austin and Irish import Roy O'Donovan, who has Scottish and English Premier League experience on his side.

"It will take some time to get used to how we play but Mitch is quick and provides great crosses and Roy makes smart runs and is a great finisher," he said.

With a FFA Cup clash against Wellington Phoenix on Tuesday, Fitzgerald said Friday night's friendly against the Western Sydney Wanderers won't just be a casual walk in the park for the Mariners.

"These games against other A-League teams are a great test of how we've been going and with the FFA Cup game against Wellington only a few days later, we'll be able to test ourselves and see what we need to work on."

CENTRAL COAST MARINERS

  • 1. Paul Izzo (GK)
  • 2. Storm Roux
  • 3. Josh Rose
  • 4. Jacob Poscoliero
  • 5. Harry Ascroft
  • 6. Mitch Austin
  • 7. Fabio Ferreira
  • 8. Nick Montgomery (C)
  • 9. Roy O'Donovan
  • 10. Anthony Caceres
  • 11. Nick Fitzgerald
  • 12. Liam Reddy (GK)
  • 15. Matt Sim
  • 16. Liam Rose
  • 18. Glen Trifiro
  • 19. Josh Bingham
  • 20. Anthony Kalik
  • 21. Michael Neill
  • 22. Jake McGing
  • 23. Eddy Bosnar
  • Coach Tony Walmsley


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