Curran makes Dundee switch

EXCLUSIVE: Central Coast Mariners midfielder Jesse Curran has signed with Scottish Premiership club Dundee FC.

The 18-year-old was on trial with the Scottish side in February and has agreed to a two-year deal with the option of a third.

“I can’t wait to go,” Curran told FourFourTwo.

“When I went over there I wasn’t too sure how I’d find it but after I got the notification from the coach I was very excited. I just did my best and they liked me, so it was really good.

“I had a fair few training sessions with the first grade so it was good being on trial and training with the first team.”

Curran grew up in Tasmania and played his junior football with Sydney’s Blacktown City.

He joined the Mariners’ National Youth League team in 2013 and received the club’s NYL player of the year award in 2014.

The teenager trained with the Mariners’ first team under Graham Arnold but could not break into the A-League side under Phil Moss.

“It’s sad [to leave the Mariners], they were a great bunch of boys and they helped me a lot through my youth career,” Curran said.

“I learnt a lot up there. But I’m moving on to bigger and better things now.”

Mariners head coach Tony Walmsley described Curran as a “very talented player”.

“His growth at the Mariners in the NYL was the time I was away from the Mariners in the UK,” he said.

“I saw a little bit of him when I came back and there’s no doubt he’s very talented.

“He’s probably unlucky not to have progressed further with the Mariners prior to my arrival. I think Graham Arnold showed some interest at Sydney FC at one point.

“It was no surprise to me that going to Dundee they would have been impressed by the amount of potential that’s there, because there’s certainly a lot. Jesse’s got really good technique, he’s got some creativity as well so I’ll be watching his development with interest.”

The defensive midfielder, who has Scottish heritage, said he was stoked to be offered a contract by the Dees.

“My dad’s from Scotland, he’s from Glasgow,” Curran said.

“I’ve got a few uncles, aunties and cousins over there.

“I was speechless [when I got the offer]. I didn’t know what to feel - excited, nervous, everything. That was my main goal, to play overseas in Europe and it’s finally come true. I’ve got a long way to go though.

“Hopefully I can do my best in the Scottish Premiership and do get as many first-team games as I can, see what happens from there. See where it takes me.”