Another treble winner departs Mariners for overseas opportunity

Central Coast Mariners have announced that treble-winning midfielder Max Balard has left the Isuzu UTE A-League


champions to pursue an opportunity overseas.

Shortly after the news of Balard’s departure, it was confirmed that Dutch club NAC Breda would be his new destination. NAC Breda recently earned promotion to the Eredivisie, meaning the Australian midfielder will compete in the top tier of Dutch football next season.

Although the 23-year-old still had one more season on his contract with the Mariners, the club agreed to a free transfer to support his move abroad, citing his “exemplary service and dedication to the Mariners.”
Balard made his Isuzu UTE A-League debut in 2021 and amassed 81 league appearances for the Mariners.

The central midfielder became a key player in the Mariners’ starting XI during the 2023-24 season and was instrumental in the club’s trophy treble, winning the Isuzu UTE A-League Premiership and Championship, as well as the AFC Cup title.

His final appearance for the club was in the 2024 Grand Final victory over Melbourne Victory, cementing both his and the club’s status as back-to-back Isuzu UTE A-League Champions.
The 2024 Mariners Medalist wished the club well as he bid farewell.

“As my time with the Mariners comes to an end, I just wanted to say a big thank you to the Mariners Family for all of the good times that we have shared,” Balard said.

“From the Academy to the A-League, winning the treble, I truly appreciate every moment we had together. I wish everyone at the club all the best for the future.”
In just a matter of days, the midfielder becomes the second treble-winner to depart the club; central defender Dan Hall’s exit was confirmed in late June before he was unveiled at Isuzu UTE A-League expansion club Auckland FC.
Ronald Barcellos and Jing Reec have also departed the club following the conclusion of their respective loan spells, while former club captain Danny Vukovic announced his retirement after lifting three trophies in 2023-24.

Mariners head coach Mark Jackson expressed his gratitude towards Balard and his confidence in the midfielder’s future abroad.

“We are grateful to Max for his commitment during his tenure with the Mariners, particularly during my tenure here,” Jackson stated.

“He was a pleasure to work with, a player eager to learn and improve daily. While we will miss him, we believe he has a bright future ahead of him overseas.”
“We’re thrilled to see Max seize his opportunity abroad; it’s something he’s been eager for, and we wish him the best and express our gratitude for his contributions. He was outstanding last season, playing a crucial role in our trophy wins.”
“Max will forever be welcomed back at the Mariners, and I’ll be closely following his career progression. He’s an exceptional young man, both on and off the field, and I have no doubt he has a bright future ahead of him.”

Central Coast Mariners have announced that treble-winning midfielder Max Balard has left the Isuzu UTE A-League champions to pursue an opportunity overseas.

Shortly after the news of Balard’s departure, it was confirmed that Dutch club NAC Breda would be his new destination. NAC Breda recently earned promotion to the Eredivisie, meaning the Australian midfielder will compete in the top tier of Dutch football next season.

Although the 23-year-old still had one more season on his contract with the Mariners, the club agreed to a free transfer to support his move abroad, citing his “exemplary service and dedication to the Mariners.”

Balard made his Isuzu UTE A-League debut in 2021 and amassed 81 league appearances for the Mariners.

The central midfielder became a key player in the Mariners’ starting XI during the 2023-24 season and was instrumental in the club’s trophy treble, winning the Isuzu UTE A-League Premiership and Championship, as well as the AFC Cup title.

His final appearance for the club was in the 2024 Grand Final victory over Melbourne Victory, cementing both his and the club’s status as back-to-back Isuzu UTE A-League Champions.

The 2024 Mariners Medalist wished the club well as he bid farewell.

“As my time with the Mariners comes to an end, I just wanted to say a big thank you to the Mariners Family for all of the good times that we have shared,” Balard said.

“From the Academy to the A-League, winning the treble, I truly appreciate every moment we had together. I wish everyone at the club all the best for the future.”

In just a matter of days, the midfielder becomes the second treble-winner to depart the club; central defender Dan Hall’s exit was confirmed in late June before he was unveiled at Isuzu UTE A-League expansion club Auckland FC.

Ronald Barcellos and Jing Reec have also departed the club following the conclusion of their respective loan spells, while former club captain Danny Vukovic announced his retirement after lifting three trophies in 2023-24.

Mariners head coach Mark Jackson expressed his gratitude towards Balard and his confidence in the midfielder’s future abroad.

“We are grateful to Max for his commitment during his tenure with the Mariners, particularly during my tenure here,” Jackson stated.

“He was a pleasure to work with, a player eager to learn and improve daily. While we will miss him, we believe he has a bright future ahead of him overseas.”

“We’re thrilled to see Max seize his opportunity abroad; it’s something he’s been eager for, and we wish him the best and express our gratitude for his contributions. He was outstanding last season, playing a crucial role in our trophy wins.”

“Max will forever be welcomed back at the Mariners, and I’ll be closely following his career progression. He’s an exceptional young man, both on and off the field, and I have no doubt he has a bright future ahead of him.”

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