The Central Coast Mariners are wary of their former midfielder Michael McGlinchey, who plays against them this weekend for A-League rivals Wellington.

Central Coast star Storm Roux is wary of former clubmate and fellow Kiwi Michael McGlinchey, who will line up on Saturday against the Mariners for the first time since moving to Wellington.

Classy midfielder McGlinchey spent five seasons with the Mariners and was part of their 2012-13 A-League title-winning team, but ended up in conflict with the club over his wish to play for Wellington.

He agreed to compensate the Mariners last month for the early termination of his contract and joined the Phoenix.

McGlinchey returns to Gosford this weekend, having marked his A-League debut for the Phoenix with their goal in a 1-2 home loss to Perth last weekend.

“He played very well; I was impressed with Mikey,” said Roux, who expects to spend time directly opposite him.

“I think his position was left wing, but I think he likes to drift inside a bit, so I will be coming up against him.

“I know Mikey well; he’s a great guy; he’s a great player as well.

“I’m very wary of him. I know what he can do, so I’m going to be concentrating on him.”

While McGlinchey left the Mariners in acrimonious circumstances, Roux hoped their fans would respect their former hero.

“He did do a lot for the side and he was a great player when he was playing for the Mariners,” Roux said.

“I can’t control what the fans do, but I hope they don’t go too rough on him. He’s done a lot for them so, if they can remember that, that would be good.”

McGlinchey said this week he had only great memories of his times with the Mariners and the fans had always been good to him.

Having played more than 100 games for the Mariners, McGlinchey knows better than most how tough it is to beat them in their Gosford lair.

“Their structure is fantastic, and they’ve shown that over the years, so we know we’re in for a tough night to break them down,” McGlinchey said.

The in-form Mariners are coming off a 1-0 opening-round home win over local rivals Newcastle and a 5-1 FFA Cup quarter-final pasting of Queensland’s Palm Beach Sharks, in which Matt Sim scored four goals.

The Mariners don’t venture outside NSW in their first four A-League fixtures, three of them at home.

“We need to jump on that advantage and get as many points as we can in the opening rounds,” Roux said.

He stressed McGlinchey was just one of several attacking threats the Phoenix possessed, along with Jeremy Brockie, Kenny Cunningham and Nathan Burns.