March 31, 2015 08:52:28 UK
Central Coast Mariners have continued their long-term planning by telling central defender Brent Griffiths he will be released at the end of the season.
The Gosford club are now out of the running to make this season’s Finals Series, so the emphasis is on rebuilding for the 2014-15 campaign.
I would love nothing more than to see Griff get some game time under his belt before the end of our season.
Interim coach Tony Walmsley is staying on at the end of this season, reverting to his original job of technical director. So he is taking active steps towards shaping the squad for next season, even though the Mariners don’t yet know who will be their coach.
Earlier this month he told club stalwart Matt Simon he would not be offered a new contract when his current deal expires in May.
Griffiths has played 20 games since signing in 2012, having had previous spells with Perth Glory and Wellington Phoenix.
The 25-year-old was part of the Mariners’ championship-winning squad in 2012-13 and played in the Asian Champions League the following season, but lack of form and injuries have restricted him to just six appearances this time around.
Walmsley confirmed Griffiths was still available for selection for the club’s four remaining matches this season.
“Coming back from injury, he has been training really well and I would love nothing more than to see Griff get some game time under his belt before the end of our season,” said the coach.
Central Coast are 3.60 to win their next match against Brisbane Roar, who are 1.95, with the draw 3.60.
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