Central Coast Mariners have announced the signing of, Jess Vanstrattan, as Goalkeeping Coach for the next three years, replacing, Matt Nash, in the role, who departed from the Mariners in mid June.
Born in Gosford, Vanstrattan played his junior years for Terrigal United before plying his trade professionally in Italy for 10 years.
In 2009, he returned to Australia to play for A-League side, Gold Coast United, before moving to the Mariners the following year.
2014 saw Vanstrattan begin his coaching career with the Central Coast Mariners Academy, before moving on to positions with Newcastle Jets, Melbourne City and Melbourne Victory.
“It’s good to be coming home” Vanstrattan said.
“I had mentioned to Phil Moss (former Head Coach) that I wanted to start coaching and he offered me a role in the Academy.
“I’ve always been thankful for that opportunity.
“That’s the reason I started coaching in the first place, to give young guys the opportunity to take their football to the highest level.
“I was fortunate growing up on the Coast that I had some great goalkeeping coaches and was given those opportunities to succeed.
“I’ve had a few great talks with Alen, and he seems really positive about the season ahead.
“I’ve bumped into a few of the players and the reports are all positive, so hopefully we can assemble the strongest squad possible and be really competitive this year,” Vanstrattan said.
During his departure, Matt Nash, said: “I want to thank the club and the fans for their support over the past 5 or so years.
“Both as a player and a coach, I have thoroughly enjoyed my time on the Central Coast.
“There are really great people at the club and they work so hard, day in day out, and give everything to the Mariners.
“It’s sad to leave those people, but it’s come time to look at the next step in my career.
“I wish the club all the best, I really do.
“The Mariners are a fantastic community club and I hope they turn things around and get back to their winning ways,” Nash said.
Media releases, Jun 13 and 20
Carly Carmichael, Central Coast Mariners