Storm Roux has signed a two-year contract extension to keep him at Central Coast Mariners until at least the end of the 2018/19 A-League season.
Roux arrived at the Mariners in 2013 and immediately worked his way into Graham Arnold’s starting side, making 25 appearances in his first season on the Central Coast where the Mariners finished third.
The 2013/14 season was Roux’s breakout campaign and his impressive performances resulted in a nomination for A-League Young Footballer of the Year, selection for the New Zealand national team, and a call up to the A-League All Stars side that played Juventus in 2014.
Since debuting for the Yellow & Navy Roux has grown from strength-to-strength and has been one of the first names on the Mariners’ team sheet thanks to his rock-solid nature in defence and danger in attack on the right wing.
During the 2016/17 pre-season, Roux completed a miraculous recovery from a triple injury that he sustained in February 2016 in time to walk out against Perth Glory in Hyundai A-League round one and has not looked back since.
The New Zealand international’s hard-working nature has earned him a special place in the hearts of Mariners fans and at just 24-years-of-age, has shown leadership qualities beyond his years to wear the captain’s armband in the absence of Nick Montgomery this season.
Speaking at the Centre of Excellence, Roux said that signing a contract extension is a special moment for him and there is a burning desire to return to finals football.
“To be able to extend my contract here at the Mariners means a lot,” Roux said.
“This club gave me my chance in professional football at 20-years-old and I was thrown right into the starting team which was massive for me.
“For the past four years, I’ve played a lot of games for this club and to captain a couple of games for the Mariners when Monty has been out is a huge honour – this is very special and I just want to see this club get back to where it should be which is fighting for a top six finish.
“I think I took the first season for granted and thought that every season would be like that – then obviously we haven’t had it since and I’m desperate to get back to finals football, I miss it a lot and it’s something I want to be a part of next season."
The appointment of Paul Okon played a big part in Roux’s decision to re-sign and he is proud of the faith that has been shown in him.
“Paolo has come in this season and given our team direction and he’s a coach that I want to play for,” Roux said. “Paolo will have a full pre-season under his belt, bring in the players he wants and we will compete.
“All the boys in this team feel as though we are building towards something, Paolo is a great coach with a great history as a player so he’s certainly taught me a lot as a player this season.”
Locking in Storm Roux for the next two seasons is a coup for Okon who spoke highly of the right back.
“Storm has been at the club for a number of years now so he understands the club culture and values,” Okon said. “Even at a young age he’s quite experienced having already played finals football with the Mariners.
“Storm has been an important member of the Mariners since he’s arrival at the club and he has shown enormous determination after his injury – a real desire to get back and put that Mariners jersey on.
“Moving forward the club sees Storm as an important member of the team and the expectations are high because he’s had this year coming back from an injury but next season we’re confident Storm Roux will have a bigger and better season.
“We want to play attacking football and to do that you need fullbacks to attack and Storm gives us that. He’s a big part of our plans for the future, he’s a New Zealand international and we would love for him to break back into that New Zealand team as a result of the Mariners doing well.”