Central Coast Mariners have continued to bolster their playing roster in the wake of some key departures with the signing of experienced South Korean attacker Kim Seung-Yong until the end of the 2014/15 A-League season.
The 28-year-old, who spent the last two seasons with 2012 AFC Champions League victors Ulsan Hyundai, is due to arrive in Australia later this week to link up with the Mariners.
The signing follows hot on the heels of news that last season's Golden Boot winner, Daniel McBreen, has left Gosford for Chinese Super League outfit Shanghai SIPG on a one-season deal.
Kim boasts considerable experience in the Korean top flight, the K-League Classic, as well as the J.League in Japan where he plied his trade with glamour club Gamba Osaka in 2011.
The former FC Seoul and Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors man was also integral to Ulsan Hyundai’s continental triumph two years ago, netting the third goal in the Tigers’ 3-0 win over Saudi Arabia’s Al-Ahli in the tournament final.
Mariners boss Phil Moss believes Kim will add spark and experience to his squad, and said he is excited to work with the former South Korean youth international.
“We've taken as much time as we’ve needed to land our man, and based on all our due diligence we believe Kim Seung-Yong will have a major impact for our club on and off the field,” Moss said.
“It made a lot of sense to me to investigate bringing a top quality Asian player to the Mariners, especially considering our involvement with the 2014 AFC Champions League.
“We see it as a massive opportunity to tap into the Korean community in Australia, and a chance to generate further awareness of our club in Asia.
Club CEO Bruce Stalder said the new signing demonstrates the club’s desire to recruit and develop high calibre players.
“Kim Seung-yong ticks all the boxes for us as a club,” Stalder said. “He is player of immense quality and reputation in Asia, he has a desire to play in Australia, and he is extremely familiar with the AFC Champions League – a competition we will be entering for the fourth time in 2014.”comments