Wout Brama arrives in Australia

The Central Coast Mariners new Dutch midfielder, Wout Brama arrived in Sydney this evening and was greeted at the airport by a host of Mariners fans.

Upon arrival, Brama spoke about his excitement of playing on October 7 in round one of the Hyundai A-League, made his intentions clear of pushing for finals football and was also put on notice by one of the biggest Mariners’ supporters, Jake Banks.

Brama boasts over 300 games of experience in the Netherlands with Dutch powerhouses FC Twente and PEC Zwolle. Brama arrives on the Central Coast from FC Utrecht who finished fourth in the 2016/17 Eredivisie.The 30-year-old midfielder has also featured for the Dutch National Team, debuting in 2009 against Paraguay where he substituted on for Mark van Bommel to play alongside the likes of Nigel de Jong, Rafael van der Vaart and Giovanni van Bronckhorst. 

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Mariners sign Dutch Midfielder, Wout Brama

Paul Okon has bolstered his midfield stocks with the addition of a second Dutchman, Wout Brama who has signed a two-year-contract with the Central Coast Mariners from FC Utrecht ahead of the Hyundai A-League 2017/18 season.

Boasting over 300 games of experience in the Netherlands with Dutch powerhouses FC Twente and PEC Zwolle, Brama arrives on the Central Coast from FC Utrecht who finished fourth in the 2016/17 Eredivisie.

Brama has also featured for the Dutch National Team, debuting in 2009 against Paraguay where he substituted on for Mark van Bommel to play alongside the likes of Nigel de Jong, Rafael van der Vaart and Giovanni van Bronckhorst.

The 30-year-old defensive midfielder will play alongside fellow countryman Tom Hiariej whom he played with in 2008 for the Netherlands under 23’s national team.

Brama’s career started with FC Twente where he earned club legend status for plying his trade with ‘The Tukkers’ for 16 years [including youth football] which included an Eredivisie Championship during the 2009/10 campaign and a KNVB Cup Crown in 2010/11.

The 2010/11 KNVB Cup success was especially memorable for Brama who scored in Rotterdam just before half time. The match against Ajax would end 3-2, with former Sydney FC marquee man, Marc Janko scoring the winner in the 118th minute to lift the trophy in May 2011.

Brama’s successful spell with FC Twente continued where his side also claimed two Dutch Super cups in 2011 & 2012 before joining PEC Zwolle.

In the iconic blue and white of PEC Zwolle Brama played alongside current Socceroo centre back and former Central Coast Mariner, Trent Sainsbury.

Brama has high expectations for the Hyundai A-League 2017/18 season and thinks his experience in the Eredivisie can help the Mariners press for a finals finish.

“I have been playing in the Netherlands for a long time now so I was very excited when the Central Coast Mariners expressed their interest,” Brama said.

“For me it’s a great step, a big adventure to play abroad, so I am very excited to play there. I spoke with Tom [Hiariej] when I heard from the Mariners and he was very positive about the club so I am really excited to come there, having another Dutchman there makes things a bit easier in the beginning as well.

“I also spoke with Trent Sainsbury. Man, he loves this club. He was very positive, spoke very highly about the way of living so that also pushed me and helped me to decide.

“My main goal is to help the team return to finals football. I want to have success with this club, I have a lot of experience in the Netherlands so hopefully I can help the younger players in the squad which is what I am accustomed to doing. My biggest quality is that I am a real team player, I will never be selfish – I know Australians are hardworking so I know I will fit in well.

“Under Coach Steve McClaren we became Champions of the Netherlands, we played at the highest level so that experience will help the team. We played in the Europa League and the Champions League and that’s experience I will bring with me.

“I’m a defensive midfielder, tactically strong. As I said, I am a team player so I will help the players around me play better football. I want to play football from the back and from what I have heard that’s the philosophy of the club, I will fit well into the Dutch style of football and also offer an option in attack,” Brama said.

Paul Okon was thrilled to secure his 11th recruit of the Hyundai A-League off-season.

“We are delighted to welcome Wout to the Central Coast Mariners,” Okon said. “We've been looking for a strong defensive midfielder with a high work rate who is real quality in possession to fit our game style.

“Wout will add invaluable experience and leadership to our playing group and will no doubt be an asset to our team,” Okon said.

Brama will arrive on the Central Coast after the club’s Westfield FFA Cup Round of 32 clash to be played on Wednesday August 2 against Blacktown City.

Mariners Sign Spanish Striker, Asdrúbal

The Central Coast Mariners are excited to announce the signing of 26-year-old Spanish striker, ‘Asdrúbal’ who has put pen to paper a one-year-deal ahead of the Hyundai A-League 2017/18 season.

Asdrúbal arrives on the Central Coast with an impressive CV having played most of his career in Spain with his home town club, ‘UD Las Palmas’ who are based in the Canary Islands.

The potent attacker initially established himself in ‘Las Palmas B’ where he racked up an impressive 26 goals in 77 appearances

In 2014 Asdrúbal was promoted to the club’s first team and handed the honour of wearing the number 9 jersey where it took his side just 12 months to earn promotion into Spain’s top tier to play La Liga football.

During the 2015/16 campaign, Asdrúbal went on loan to Spanish club ‘CD Leganés’ and again earned promotion to the Spanish La Liga before returning to his parent club.

The hard-working Spanish striker completed his medical at the Central Coast Mariners Centre of Excellence on Thursday and is Paul Okon’s 10th recruit of the Hyundai A-League pre-season. Asdrúbal was also greeted by a familiar face in fellow countryman, Alan Baro whom he played against when Baro was with ‘SD Ponferradina’ between 2013-15.

Asdrúbal is known for his incredible goal scoring ability which was highlighted by an impressive bicycle kick he scored in the 2014 Copa Del Ray against ‘CD Numancia’ to equalise just before half time.

The Spanish marksman is excited to get started in the Hyundai A-League and is motivated to contribute in the Yellow & Navy’s front third.

“I am really happy to be here playing for the Central Coast Mariners,” Asdrúbal said. “This is a really exciting opportunity for me, I’ve studied a lot about Australia – it seems like a beautiful country. I’ve also seen Central Coast Stadium which looks fantastic.

“The Hyundai A-League is a good competition, it’s a great opportunity for me to establish myself as an important player and my decision to come here is based purely on football but I’m sure this will be a beautiful place to live with my family.

“Obviously scoring goals is fantastic and it’s my number one objective but more importantly what I am all about is work rate. I want to contribute to the whole team; my work rate is something that the fans will see a lot of and my never give up attitude. If goals follow from that, then that’s the bonus.

“Coming from arguably the best league in the world there’s a difference between the two leagues reputations but from what I’ve seen the Hyundai A-League is of high quality and the players are in great physical shape. I’m sure this will prove a challenge for me but hopefully I can draw on the experience having played against superstars in Spain – most importantly nothing changes. I hold the same respect for the league here as I did in Spain. The work rate I will put in won’t be any different, I want to set an example for the younger players in the way I train,” Asdrúbal said.

Paul Okon was delighted to secure the services of a proven Spanish goal scorer and hinted there may be more signings to follow.

“We’ve waited patiently to fill this position, we’ve looked at a lot of strikers and we wanted to make sure we took our time to find the right ‘9’ to complement the way we play and we are sure that we’ve done that,” Okon said. “This is an area we knew we needed to strengthen and we strongly believe that we’ve got that right balance between experienced players in important positions with young players who are going to develop even more by having that experience around them so it’s really exciting times.

“He is 26-years-old which is still quite young but he has La Liga experience, his pedigree is good and he has played in some very good teams – the way he scores goals has really impressed us and it fits into the way we play.

“His work ethic is very good, everyone that we spoke to when we were doing our research all spoke very highly of him as a top professional. In the end, it wasn’t a difficult choice but we wanted to make sure we took our time to be 100 percent certain.

“We have another spot on our roster and again we are looking at our options, we will probably wait until the end of pre-season to further understand which areas we may need to strengthen but for the time being we are content with the numbers and what we’re going to be working with.

“We have Visa positions available and are definitely keen to utilise them if it will add value to our squad,” Okon said.

Hyundai A-League 2017/18 Squad

Goalkeepers: Tom GLOVER, Ben KENNEDY Adam PEARCE

Defenders: Harry ASCROFT, Alan BARO, Antony GOLEC, Jake McGING, Josh ROSE Storm ROUX, Kye ROWLES

Midfielders: Adam BERRY, Daniel De SILVA, Tom HIARIEJ, Blake POWELL, Liam ROSE

Attackers: Asdrúbal, Kwabena APPIAH, Josh BINGHAM, Trent BUHAGIAR, Andrew HOOLE, Connor PAIN

Mariners Gain Tom Glover from Tottenham

The Central Coast Mariners have secured the services of 19-year-old goalkeeper, Thomas Glover on a one-year-loan agreement from English Premier League outfit, Tottenham Hotspur.

The Sydney born gloveman is widely regarded as one of the best young goalkeepers in the Australian national team system and has plied his trade with Tottenham since 2014.

At the tender age of 14, Glover played for the Sutherland Sharks under 18’s side and trained with the first-grade outfit before travelling to London for a dream trial with Tottenham. Signing as a 15-year-old, Glover impressed and completed a permanent move to London to join the English Premier League giants.

During the 2014/15 season, Glover started 16 times for the Spurs’ Under 18’s and impressively produced a string of penalty saves throughout the season. He stepped up to make his Under 21’s debut against Liverpool in October 2014, and played twice in the Lilywhites’ run to the FA Youth Cup semi-finals.

Throughout the 2015/16 campaign, he made 11 league appearances for the Spurs’ Under 21’s, in addition to four appearances in the Premier League Under 21 International Cup.

After impressing Spurs’ coaching staff, Glover signed a new contract in December 2015, and was also part of the Tottenham first team squad on match days on a handful of occasions, serving as back-up to Hugo Lloris and Michel Vorm.

Glover [whose father is English] also had the honour of being asked to train with the English national team and has trained regularly with the Spurs’ first team squad.

Glover’s allegiances now lie with Australia having most recently represented his country in Myanmar with Mariners’ attacker Trent Buhagiar who both started in Josep Gombau’s first victory of the campaign with a 2-0 win over Brunei.

Upon signing his contract ahead of the Hyundai A-League 2017/18 season, Glover spoke with ccmariners.com.au.

“For me this is an important next step in my career and I’m excited to join the Mariners,” Glover said. “It’s been a long time coming because I’ve been in talks with Paolo for a couple of months now and it’s great to have everything confirmed.

“It’s important to get some first team experience and games under my belt – I’ve been playing in the under 23’s at Tottenham and I think to go on loan now is the next step for me. Paolo is willing to give me that opportunity and I want to take that chance with both hands. I worked with Paolo at Young Socceroos level for two years, he is a brilliant coach. His style of play is the way I like to play: playing out from the back, using my feet.

“I’ve been quite fortunate at Tottenham to spend time with the first team set up over the past two seasons, so I’ve seen that side of the football world which every kid dreams about. Travelling around Europe, flying to games in private jets – every kid dreams of it and I’ve been lucky enough to have a little taste.

“Like Hugo [Lloris] and Michel [Vorm] show in the English Premier League they are two fantastic goalkeepers and learning under them has only made me a better goalkeeper so I’ve improved a lot over the past two years.

“My big aim is to play as many games as I can and help the team do well,” Glover said.

Glover is one of three goalkeepers to join the Mariners ranks this season and is looking forward to competing alongside Ben Kennedy & Adam Pearce for the number one spot.

“At every club, there is healthy competition across all positions so if we all push each other we’re all going to improve,” Glover said. “I’m also looking forward to working with Matt Nash who I’m sure will be able to help me take my game to the next level,” Glover said.

Paul Okon is excited to have three goalkeepers who will compete for the number one position this season.

“The Central Coast Mariners are delighted to sign another young and talented goalkeeper,” Okon said. “Tom has all the attributes we are looking for in a goalkeeper that complements our playing style.

“With Tom’s arrival, we now have three goalkeepers who will push eac

CCM Media Release: Daniel De Silva Signs Three-Year-Deal with Mariners

Daniel De Silva Signs Three-Year-Deal with Mariners

The Central Coast Mariners are excited to unveil a major signing ahead of the Hyundai A-League 2017/18 season with 20-year-old Daniel De Silva signing a contract that will see him remain in Yellow & Navy until at least the end of the 2019/20 season.

Widely regarded as one of Australia’s best young attackers, De Silva arrives on the Central Coast after spending two seasons in the Netherlands where he plied his trade with Roda JC Kerkrade in the Eredivisie. During his time in the Netherlands, De Silva made 15 league appearances for ‘The Miners’.

The Perth born star made headlines in 2013 when he debuted in the Hyundai A-League as a 15-year-old. In 2014 De Silva bagged his first senior professional goal in the Westfield FFA Cup with an extra time strike against Melbourne Victory.

After making 32 Hyundai A-League appearances, De Silva caught the attention of Italian giants, A.S. Roma and departed the Glory at the completion of the 2014/15 season. 2015 was a huge year for De Silva that saw him not only complete a transfer to Europe but also earn a nomination from Italian Newspaper, Tuttosport’s ‘Golden Boy Award’ which recognises Europe’s best under-21-year-old football players.

If 2015 wasn’t big enough for De Silva it was also the year he was called into the Caltex Socceroos squad by Ange Postecoglou after the crafty ‘number 10’ had already represented Australia at all youth levels which included the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup with then Young Socceroos Coach, Paul Okon. De Silva headlined Australia’s group stage match against Colombia during the World Cup by scoring to earn man of match honours.

Playing predominantly as an attacking midfielder in the ‘number 10’ role, De Silva’s arrival on the Central Coast is a huge boost for Okon’s attacking stocks and a significant recruit for the future of the Yellow & Navy.

Upon signing his contract at Central Coast Stadium, De Silva spoke about his excitement of joining the Mariners and re-uniting with Head Coach Paul Okon.

“As soon as I arrived I was very warmly welcomed,” De Silva said. “All the players are great; the staff are great and I have a very good feeling about this club already.

“Paolo gave me so many opportunities as a young player – he took me to the U-20 World Cup. I love the brand of football he plays and instills into the players so that was a big factor for me deciding to come to this club. I’ve worked with him previously and really enjoyed it so I am looking forward to working with him full time this season.

“I want to play as many games this season and give my very best to the club. Every game, every training session. I want to play a part in getting this team into the finals and going as close to winning the league as possible, if not win the league,” De Silva said.

The Central Coast Mariners have a successful history in developing great young attacking midfielders including the likes of Mustafa Amini, Tom Rogic and Anthony Caceres to name a few. De Silva wants to leave his own legacy on the Coast.

“Tom Rogic is the best number 10 for Australia at the moment, he’s a great player,” De Silva said. “The way that this club gives youth a chance and has nurtured that talent is very impressive.

“The type of football that is being implemented here and the philosophy is one of the biggest reasons why I chose to play here so I am looking forward to playing that type of football and I know we will be very dangerous this season.

“Hopefully I can add some attacking flare to the squad, that’s really important when you get to that final third to make assists and score goals – I think that’s what my game is and I look forward to bringing that to the club this season.

Arriving from the Netherlands, De Silva is determined to get back on the pitch as soon as possible and says he learnt a lot during his time in Europe.

“It was a great learning experience,” De Silva said. “It was amazing to play against big clubs like Ajax and PSV Eindhoven but look, I am excited to be back in Australia and I’m looking forward to the season ahead.

“I’d love to be able to play a part for the Mariners in the FFA Cup. Also, October 7 will be fantastic; it will be a big one opening the season with a derby against the Jets, it’s a great stadium, great pitch and the fans are great as well so I am definitely looking forward to it,” De Silva said.

Okon was ecstatic to lure one of his major off-season transfer targets to Central Coast Stadium for the 2017/18 season and beyond.

“We are delighted that Daniel has decided to commit his future to the Central Coast Mariners,” Okon said. “It's been a long time in the making but it’s certainly worth the wait.

“I have worked with Daniel and he is one of the most exciting and talented young Australian players. Our intent has always been to strengthen the squad and Daniel will no doubt give us that quality in the final third that we need.

“We want our supporters turning up excited to watch us play an attacking style of football and Daniel certainly compliments this style,” Okon said.

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