Central Coast Mariners has confirmed that Academy First Grade coach Ben Cahn has been appointed the club’s National Youth League boss.
The 28-year-old arrived on the Central Coast at the start of the 2016 PS4 NPL 2 season to lead the Central Coast Mariners Academy and help develop the next generation of Mariners stars.
Although the PS4 NPL 2 season has drawn to an end, their campaign has allowed the likes of Trent Buhagiar, Liam Rose, Tom Heward-Belle and Adam Berry to gain invaluable minutes under their belts during the Hyundai A-League off-season.
Under the tutelage of Cahn in the Academy set up young players such as: Ryan Peterson, Reece Papadimitrios, Shelford Dais, Adam Pearce, Lachlan Wales and Tom Lyons have all been involved with Hyundai A-League pre-season fixtures.
The aspiring coach is looking forward to his next step with the Mariners’ Foxtel National Youth League team as well as plying his trade under Paul Okon assisting with the Hyundai A-League squad.
“I’ve really enjoyed my time with the Mariners on the Coast so far,” Cahn said.
“It’s been a challenging NPL Season for many reasons but it’s given me a great background into the culture and environment we have here on the Central Coast.
“There are certain names from our academy teams that have been pencilled in to the FNYL squad but we are also very open to expanding our network and playing group so we will commence an open trial process that will allow us to look at not only players from NSW but also from interstate as well.
“You only have to look at some of the most recent Hyundai A-League pre-season games to see the representation of the academy there, most players that have played in our NPL first team this year have at some stage had an extended period of training with the A-League squad.”
The Central Coast Mariners will be holding NYL trials for players born between 1997 and 2000.
For Sydney residents only the open trial date is Tuesday 13 September at Northbridge Oval, Sailors Bay Road, Northbridge, at 6:30pm.
For interstate players who have been approved to attend, trials will be held on Saturday 17 September and Sunday 18 September at the Central Coast Mariners Centre of Excellence Bryant Drive Tuggerah (9am start both days).