Wolves' MacKenzie gets A-League shot with Mariners


Wolves midfielder Zac MacKenzie has been rewarded for his stellar campaign on the South Coast with a trial at A-League club Central Coast Mariners.

The 19-year-old has previously trialled at Western Sydney and was in the Wanderers train-on squad for the past two seasons, but will chase a permanent deal on the Central Coast.

He has been a standout throughout the Wolves season thus far, playing close to every game before sitting out suspended on the weekend against Manly.

His first trial will be on Tuesday evening.

"I hope to just put myself in the shop window and see what happens," MacKenzie said.

"You can only give it your best and if a contract happens, it happens, I guess. If it doesn't, I'll just keep working hard."

MacKenzie moved to the Illawarra two years ago to chase a deal at Western Sydney while studying Exercise Science at the University of Wollongong.

He never got the full-time call-up at the Wanderers, but MacKenzie will take plenty from the experience.

"It gave me some confidence at the Wanderers, so I sort of know about about playing in the National Youth League," he said.

"But I still have got a fair bit to prove."

The trial comes just weeks before the Wolves' huge FFA Cup clash with Central Coast Mariners on August 20 at WIN Stadium.

The FFA Cup match will fall between three consecutive home matches to round out the Wolves season, in which MacKenzie is likely to play a prominent role.

He was hopeful of continuing his good form through to the end of the campaign.

"I feel my form has been pretty consistent," he said.

"I think there is still a few areas that I need to get better at but I think so far it has been pretty good."

Jordan Murray, Ben Zucco and Darcy Madden all participated in trials for Sydney FC's Youth squad earlier this month.