Korean whiz Kim joins Mariners

Central Coast Mariners can today confirm that experienced South Korean attacker Kim Seung-yong will join the Club until the completion of the Hyundai A-League 2014/15 season.

Central Coast Mariners can today confirm that experienced South Korean attacker Kim Seung-yong will join the Club until the completion of the Hyundai A-League 2014/15 season.

The talented 28-year-old is due to arrive in Australia later this week, and will link with the Mariners having spent the last two seasons with 2012 AFC Champions League victors Ulsan Hyundai.

Kim boasts considerable experience in Korea Republic-s top flight, the K-League Classic, as well as Japan-s highly regarded J.League where he plied his trade with glamour club Gamba Osaka in 2011.

And, the former FC Seoul and Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors man was integral to Ulsan Hyundai-s continental triumph just two years ago, netting the third goal in the Tigers- 3-0 win over Saudi Arabia-s Al-Ahli in the tournament-s Final.

Central Coast Mariners boss Phil Moss believes Kim will add spark and experience to his squad, and says 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," he said.

Central Coast Mariners Chief Executive Officer, Mr Bruce Stalder, said the addition of Kim Seung-yong to the Mariners- ranks 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.”

Central Coast Mariners will send further fan, member, and media updates regarding Kim Seung-yong-s arrival in Australia over the coming days.