Wednesday, February 13, 2013
CC Mariners skipper re-signs until 2015
Central Coast captain John Hutchinson re-signed with the A-League table toppers for a further two seasons on Thursday.Hutchinson was one of the first players recruited by the Mariners, meaning the 2014/15 season will be the former Maltese international's tenth in the A-League.The club plans to celebrate the occasion with a testimonial match prior to the start of their 2014/15 campaign."It would be good if that happened and if it does I'd like a lot of people to come back and celebrate the day with me," Hutchinson said of the plan, which is subsequent to FFA approval."There's been a lot of people who have been around the club for a long time as well, and they've all helped contribute to the success that we've had."The 33-year-old has tallied 193 A-League games for the Mariners and said he was only ever going to sign with one side."I don't think I will ever leave the Mariners to go to another club in the A-League," said Hutchinson, who had a brief loan stint at Chinese side Chengdu Blades in 2011."I love the coast and I love the club, and my family is very happy here."Football and life can change quickly, but if this is the last contract I sign in the A-League then I will be very happy."Central Coast coach Graham Arnold praised the midfielder's leadership of his youthful side."He is one of the true servants of the club," Arnold said."He has shown great loyalty to the club over an extended period of time and is a great example to many of the young players that we have in the team."The Mariners also re-signed attacking midfielder Michael McGlinchey, goalkeeper Justin Pasfield in the past week.