Mariners fired up for Finals

11 June 2021 11:41:25

Central Coast coach Alen Stajcic says the Mariners are fired up and ready to go as they prepare for their first A-League finals appearance in seven years.

The Mariners, who are more used to winning the wooden spoon in recent years, have had an outstanding season when making the top six and are now priced at? to win the grand final.

The Mariners have picked up four wooden spoons since the last time they made finals and Stajcic says everyone is excited by Saturday's clash against Macarthur.

It is also a big game for the Bulls, who have made finals in their debut A-League campaign, and the fans are expected to pack into Central Coast Stadium on Saturday.

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"We're excited from the perspective of the club not having made it for a long time and the opportunity for the fans to come out and and watch us in a home final," Stajcic said ahead of the game.

"We're expecting a big crowd - so from that perspective, it's going to be a massive occasion tomorrow night. We can't wait."

Academy product Josh Nisbet is also ready for the biggest game of his fledgling career and has praised the influence of captain Oli Bozanic, Matt Simon and Marco Urena as he heads into it.

"Oli being being the captain, Simmo having the experience and then Marco, those three are pretty key to our leadership and making sure the boys are confident going into the finals," Nisbet said.

"I don't think I've played a final since I was maybe 12 and it was local league and stuff like that. So it's pretty exciting and it's a great opportunity to play well.

"Everyone wants to play well in the big games so that's what I'm aiming to do."

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