Central Coast Mariners defender, Matthew Millar has praised the impact of veteran defender, Kalifa Cisse among the Gosford side’s defensive stocks

Speaking to Evenings on FNR, Millar labelled him as being an extremely down to earth character but also been a valuable member on the training field and helped the youngster in his development.

“He is one of a kind,” Millar said

“He is probably the child of the team and always laughing but he has got that experience which is invaluable for us young guys and it has been really exciting to work with him,”

“We really credit him and he has been very valuable for the team.”

The former Melbourne City defender also discussed his career path thus far and how he made the move to NPL Victoria juggernaut, South Melbourne in order to gain more first-team football after being stuck in the youth setup at City.

“It was the case of going back to the youth team and I was at that age when I wanted to be playing against men,” Millar said.

“That’s when I took a step back and went to South Melbourne,”

“I think it did wonders for me it really helped me work on physicality and playing where results really matter.”

The twenty-year old fullback also discussed the impact of injured striker, Ross McCormack on the side and how he will be missed during his spell on the sidelines.

“It’s been a bit unlucky for Ross,” Millar said.

“It is a big loss for the team and he was only getting up and running at Central Coast and I feel like big things were coming from him,”

“He’s finishing is world-class and I see him at training and you just watch in awe.”

The Central Coast Mariners face the Newcastle Jets on Sunday at McDonald Jones Stadium in the F3 Derby.

Nick D’Urbano