Reinforcements are on the way for Central Coast Mariners, with coach Mike Mulvey confirming he plans to signs as many as four new players to boost his struggling outfit.
The Mariners are yet to win a match this season, amassing just two points from their opening 12 games and are currently on a 10-game losing streak.
But with the January transfer window now open, Mulvey confirmed on Tuesday the club will bring in at least two new faces - including at least one import - as early as this week.
“From the talks we’ve had [within the club] the last few days it will be at least two, maybe three or four,” said Mulvey on the eve of Wednesday night’s clash with Melbourne City.
“We’ve got the room in the squad and also we’ve got the capability to do it, the club is backing us 100% on that.
“January is a very busy month. We have a game tomorrow, a game on [Sunday], and I genuinely believe that we can climb up the table, I really do believe that.
“We just need a couple of extra bodies, a bit more quality in terms of on the field defending and I’m sure given the performances in the first half against Sydney and Wellington that the win is not too far around the corner.”
As well as their struggle for wins this season, the Mariners have endured some rotten luck.
Caltex Socceroos winger Tommy Oar missing much of the campaign through injury, while Scottish striker Ross McCormack returned to Aston Villa prior to Christmas.
And they will be out to avoid an unwanted record against City, with an 11th straight defeat to equal the mark of New Zealand Knights back in the 2005/06 Season.
“Stats and records are for history. History is behind you. We’re looking forward and seeing what’s going to be happening in the future,” said Mulvey of the club’s poor run, with their last win coming in February 2018.
“These guys are giving everything in every game and training session.
“It’s not a pretty sight at times as we have our disagreements about certain things and that’s only normal in a football team when things aren’t going right, we’re trying to find the solution.”
He added: "Any success that you have in life, it's a lot more important if you've overcome some obstacles along the way, it’s not just been given to you.
“And we're having a lot of obstacles at the moment, so we keep on keeping on."