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By ESPN Staff

Mariners sign Dutch defender Seip

As A-League champions Central Coast say goodbye to one Dutchman, they are set to welcome another with the signing of defender Marcel Seip for the next three seasons.

The 31-year-old from Dutch club VVV Venlo will fill the void left by his recently retired countryman and left stopper Patrick Zwaanswijk.

Seip said it was a big decision to move to Australia with his family later this month, but was spurred on by Mariners midfielder Nick Montgomery whom he met while playing for Sheffield United in 2010.

"I spoke to Montgomery and he said life is amazing, that football in Australia is on the up, and that the Mariners are the current A-League Champions," Seip said in a statement on Tuesday.

"My wife is also close friends with Nick's wife and we have been in contact since talking about Australia. We know a lot about the club and the area already, and that's why it was so easy to make the decision."

Although he's right-footed, Seip says he feels more comfortable playing on the left.

"It's where I do my best defending and I think I am very strong in that role. I've played my whole career on the left side even though I am a right footer," he said.

Coach Graham Arnold said Seip, who'd been given the "thumps up" by several scouts in Europe, was a strong addition to the Mariners already solid defence.

"He is a strong defender, and someone I believe will add steel to our backline," he said.

he announcement follows Monday's signing of youngsters Tom Slater, the son of Socceroos great Robbie Slater, and 20-year-old Kiwi Storm Roux.


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