Taren King has been named as captain of the Central Coast Mariners A-League Women’s team ahead of the upcoming 2023-24 season.
The centre defender will lead the side into its first campaign back in the A-League Women’s competition, which kicks-off on Saturday, October 14, at Industree Group Stadium against Newcastle Jets.
The 26-year-old has played in the A-League for the past six seasons, making her debut for Canberra United in 2017.
After three years in the nation’s capital, King moved to Newcastle where she featured for the Jets across 34 matches, including being a part of their leadership team.
The defender has since traded those colours for yellow and navy, becoming an integral part of the Mariners squad.
King leads a group comprised of talented youngsters, exciting visa players and some experienced A-League figures.
She is joined by vice-captain Kyah Simon, as well as a leadership group comprising of Bianca Galic, Faye Bryson and Annalise Rasmussen.
King is extremely proud to be able to wear the armband for the upcoming season and said she was excited to lead the Mariners out in its return campaign.
“It is a super proud moment for me to be given the captaincy for this season,” King said.
“We have such an incredible group at the club and to be able to captain and lead them makes it all the more special.
“I can’t wait to lead the girls out in our first match against the Jets, in front of a big home crowd.
“Since the first day of pre-season, we have been working incredibly hard to prepare for this season and especially the first game against Newcastle, so we are all really looking forward to it.”
Central Coast Mariners Head Coach Emily Husband said she was pleased to have someone like King leading the side for the return into the A-League Women’s competition.
“Taren is an extremely experienced A-League player now and she is someone you can always rely on as a coach,” Husband said.
“She has led previous team’s including Sydney University where she has captained the side for the past few years.
“She has fantastic leadership skills and embodies the values that we hold most important as a team. She is the perfect choice for the role.”
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