Kim cleared for debut

New Central Coast Mariners South Korean attacking ace Kim Seung-yong is set to make his club debut tonight after he finally received his International Transfer Clearance overnight.

Kim travelled with the Mariners’ squad to Adelaide yesterday, with the club hoping the paperwork for the former FC Seoul and Jeonbuk Motors star  would clear at the 11th hour for tonight’s clash against Josep Gombau’s Reds

Central Coast Mariners boss Phil Moss was today delighted one of his key transfer window signings is now cleared to play.

“It is very pleasing to have Kim now eligible,” Moss said. “He’s a player of high quality, and has great experience in Asian football through his time in the K-League and J.League.

“Over the last 10 days he has shown some very promising signs in training. He has looked very sharp on the ball and has fitted into the group very easily. He is an extremely humble guy, and believes in our culture that everything is about the team rather than the individual.”

Moss was keen to have Kim available for last week's match against Melbourne Victory  but he said that the ex-Ulsan Hyundai and Gamba Osaka gun may ultimately benefit from having spent his first week on the sidelines.

“In hindsight, the time it has taken form him to get cleared may have helped him settle in,” Moss said. “He watched the game last weekend from the stands, and that gave him an understanding of what he can expect in Australia in terms of the pace, style and physicality of the league.

“People will also need to appreciate that Kim hasn’t played 90 minutes since early December, so it will take a little time for him to reach his best.

“(But) we’re sure that over the coming month Kim will show his qualities."