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Mariners planning January signings

January 02, 2015 09:48:32 UK

Coach Phil Moss is chasing a couple of attacking players to boost Central Coast Mariners’ flagging A-League finals bid.

The Mariners have managed just 10 goals in their 13 A-League games so far – only bottom side Western Sydney have scored fewer. They drew a blank again in their New Year’s Day 0-0 draw away to Wanderers, their third draw in the last four games.

I’m certainly in the process of signing at least one, if not two in the front third.

Phil Moss

The Gosford club have not won since the opening round, when they beat Newcastle Jets 1-0 in the F3 derby, and are now seven points off the top six.

Moss has already sent pre-season signing Malick Mane packing, and announced on Wednesday they were releasing South Korean winger Kim Seung-Yong.

That means they have three visa spots available, though the coach says he’s only likely to bring in one player from overseas during the January transfer window.

“I’m certainly in the process of signing at least one, if not two in the front third,” said Moss. “One will probably be a local and the other I’m hoping from overseas.

“We’re working hard at the moment. I’ve got a lot of good contacts in England and Holland as well so we’ll see what comes out of the woodwork in the next couple of weeks.”

The coach said the Mariners were in need of support for their front players, with a proven goalscorer being top of his priority list.

Their task of breaking into the top six will be made harder if they lose to Melbourne City in their final game before the Asian Cup break. City are sixth and have a game in hand over Moss’ side going into Sunday’s clash.

The Mariners are 3.20 to beat City, who are 2.25, with the draw 3.30.

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