It is a sad start to the day for Mariners fans after Head Coach Phil Moss admitted this morning that he will not be resigning Argentinian playmaker and fan favourite Marcos Flores when his one season contract expires in May of this year.
Moss referenced the fact that the club had brought in strong reinforcements to supplement the attacking midfield position after Marcos sustained a season ending knee injury in January, with Kim Seung-yong, Glen Trifiro and Anthony Caceras all capable of the number 10 role, and said that salary cap restrictions, coupled with a limit of a 23 man squad, it was simply impossible to retain the Argentine beyond this season.
Moss went on to thank Flores for his contribution to the club during his short stint, both on and off the park, and hoped that the early decision would enable Marcos to start negotiating with interested parties and settle his future plans.
Flores contribution off the park is of considerable note, acting to grow the game from the grassroots up on the Central Coast and inspiring young kids to dream big.
The Mariners will now turn their focus to tonights crucial A-League clash against Western Sydney Wanderers at Central Coast Stadium.