The Central Coast Mariners have announced that academy midfielder, Joshua Nisbet, has earned an A-League promotion for the remainder of the Hyundai A-League 2018/19 season.
The fast-footed midfielder signed his maiden professional contract with the Mariners on January 30, after impressing in the club’s last two Hyundai A-League fixtures.
Contracted until at least the end of the Hyundai A-League 2018/19 season, the faith shown by Mariners’ Head Coach, Mike Mulvey, is a reward for Nisbet’s hard work within the Mariners Academy set up, since arriving from Queensland two years ago.
Making his Hyundai A-League debut in the F3 Derby, Nisbet also appeared off the bench against Adelaide United on January 27.
The 19-year-old adds to his list of already impressive achievements having already won the club’s Foxtel Y-League Player of the Year award.
Nisbet made his professional debut in the FFA Cup, his A-League debut against the Jets, and he was voted Player of the Week by fans in Round 15 of the A-League.
Balancing his full-time training load, Nisbet also works part time at Woolworths, Bateau Bay, and spoke about the unique moment that he was offered his maiden professional contract.
“This is everything I’ve been working towards for my whole life,” Nisbet said.
“My parents have helped me a lot along the way, so it’s great to reward them by signing my first professional contract.
“I had played my debut on the Wednesday, I was working on the Thursday at Woolworths.
“I got a call from Mike and I couldn’t get to the phone, so I asked my boss if I could sneak out the back to have a quick chat.
“Over the phone he said he wanted to reward me for my performances.
“It was an exciting moment but I had to get straight back to work, so I couldn’t celebrate too much.
“My bosses have been big supporters, so when I told them I had a call from Mike, they told me to call him straight away and they celebrated with me, which was nice,” Nisbet said.
Living in Queensland with his family, the Penrith born prospect made the huge decision two years ago to relocate to the Central Coast, a gamble that has now paid off.
“At the time, it was a very big risk, because nothing is certain in football,” Nisbet said.
“Now that it’s paid off, it’s a really good feeling for me and everyone that has helped along the way.
Mulvey was full of praise for the diminutive midfielder, who stands five foot two and a half tall.
“Josh is a very dedicated young player,” Mulvey said.
“He’s small in stature but very big in heart.
“We brought him into the first team set up during pre-season and he did quite well, he’s continued his progression.
“He’s been given two opportunities in the A-League and has taken those opportunities with both hands.
“We had no hesitation in giving him that opportunity and he rewarded the belief we instilled in him, he showed that he has the capability to play at that level.
“Nizzy is somebody who realises that life doesn’t stand still.
“He’s prepared to take that opportunity and not all players are capable of doing that,” Mulvey said.
Media release, Jan 30
Tyson Scott, Central Coast Mariners’ Media