Paper Talk: Mulvey gives update on Mariners’ reinforcements

Central Coast Mariners could have as many as three new arrivals before the close of the transfer window next week.

Mariners boss Mike Mulvey revealed a United Kingdom-based player is set to arrive Down Under on Tuesday, while also admitting ‘two other defensive options’ were close.

The fresh faces would provide a much-needed spark for the bottom-placed Mariners in their quest to salvage their season.

"We've got a player coming over from the UK who'll be here Tuesday and that will bolster the ranks," Mulvey told reporters after Sunday evening’s 1-1 draw with Brisbane Roar.

"And then we're pretty close with one or two other defensive options."

Central Coast takes on rivals Newcastle Jets in Wednesday’s F3 Derby.

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Roar interim boss to throw his name in the ring?

Darren Davies could be among the candidates to fill the Brisbane Roar’s managerial vacancy after revealing his ambition to be a Hyundai A-League head coach one day.

Roar’s hunt for a new boss was ramped up on the weekend after the club unveiled a panel to guide their recruitment.

And when questioned whether he had desire to step into a head coaching role in the future, Davies said: “Yes.”

However, Davies remained coy when asked whether he would seek an interview.

"The club have said that there will be a panel and a process,” he said.

"I will continue to do this job and do the best that I can whilst I'm in the position."

Finals not out of Jets' reach: Merrick

We're past the halfway stage of the 2018/19 Season with a big points gap starting to emerge between the top six and the chasing pack.

Newcastle Jets are currently in seventh spot and 10 points behind the sixth-placed Adelaide United, giving them plenty of work to do in the last 13 games to make a charge.

It starts with Wednesday night's F3 Derby against the Central Coast Mariners at McDonald Jones Stadium.

The Jets have lost four of their last five games since their last win - ironically against the Mariners - and need to start claiming maximum points quickly.

"I feel like we should be winning every game," coach Ernie Merrick said.

"There are 39 points to play for...if we can go on a run and win two or three in a row it'll make a big difference for us."