The Code joins the Central Coast Mariners as they embark on the most anticipated season of A-League football in its eight year history. Over-shadowed commercially by the high-price purchases of their closest geographical rivals, the Mariners venture headfirst into the season as defending minor-premiers. But their best kept secret – the Yellow Army of supporters and the ‘marquee’ fan base – may be enough to pull the community-centric team through the challenges of the season and emerge at the summit of A-League success.
Stand-in head coach Phil Moss attends to his weekly radio slot on 2GO, and Lawrie McKinna fills us in on Tom Rogic’s latest European adventures. Brad McDonald demonstrates a unique ritual between himself and the players which helps in building a special bond between them. Also, a rare but heartfelt apology is made during the Monday training session, allowing the team to move on from the difficult Adelaide trip. Local boy Oliver Bozanic explains the often difficult journey to professional football; and three of the team’s elder statesmen introduce their families to the Australian Reptile Park at Sommersby before taking on the dangerous Newcastle Jets at a wet and windy Bluetongue Stadium.