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Central Coast Mariners sign up Rostyn Griffiths

Central Coast Mariners have signed North Queensland Fury midfielder Rostyn Griffiths on a two-year deal.

Griffiths, who was born in Stoke-on-Trent but raised in Western Australia, made 23 appearances for Fury last season, scoring three times including their first-ever competitive goal in a 3-2 home defeat to Sydney FC on the first day of the season.

The 22-year-old, who has also played for Blackburn, Accrington Stanley, Gretna and Adelaide United, was on trail with the Mariners last July but failed to earn a contract.

"It's a really well-run club, and being around the boys on trial last year was a great experience so it'll be nice to go back there," he said.

"I'm thankful to the Fury for my time there, but this is a good opportunity for me, and I'm looking forward to working under Graham Arnold and hopefully helping the Mariners to some silverware."

Central Coast boss Graham Arnold was delighted to secure Griffiths' signature.

"Rostyn is a really good signing for us," the former Australia coach said. "I was impressed with him at North Queensland Fury, especially as a central defender. He can also play defensive midfield but every time he has played central defence they have kept a clean sheet.

"He's a natural defensive midfielder so he's very good on the ball but his positioning ... we will work on him tactically but I think Mariners supporters will see a lot from him.

"Lawrie (McKinna) and I both watched him closely throughout the season and he's been very impressive. He's tall, he's strong, and he can play in a number of positions. He is solid in defence but can get forward as well, and hopefully he'll prove very useful for us next season."

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