Young striker Jordan Murray has signed on for two more years at Central Coast Mariners despite the club's disappointing season.
The former sparkie joined the Mariners from APIA Leichhardt Tigers in the NPL where he scored a record-breaking 23 goals in just 19 games.
He added to his tally with a memorable strike for the Mariners against old F3 rivals Newcastle Jets en route to a sensational 3-2 win in the debut game for new coach Alen Stajcic, one of three goals he's scored from 21 games including 11 starts for the yellow and navy.
“I’m very excited and looking forward to what the next two years will hold,” Murray said today.
“I’ve really enjoyed the time I’ve had here; my family is very excited and I’m thrilled to be staying with the Mariners and committing to getting this club back to where we should be.
“This is everything I’ve always dreamt of, training hard every day, learning every day – it certainly does beat getting on the tools. To be a professional footballer is a dream come true, but I know the hard work still lies ahead of me.
“To be a striker, to get that goal scoring feeling, it’s an addiction. To share that feeling with the fans is very special.
“The fans have been brilliant, I’ve had plenty of time to speak with them – the amount of support and motivation they’ve given me over the past season is incredible. To see them rock up every week is what puts a smile on my face. Seeing the fans makes you work even harder. That played a big part in my decision to commit to the Central Coast.
He added: “This season for me has been a season to understand and learn as much as I can.
:Now it’s time to put it all into play. What I have in front of me is a rare opportunity. I’m very grateful, so now it’s up to me to give it all back to this club, to the fans and whack in a heap more goals."