The same day the club signed two players under the age of 21, Central Coast Mariners have added 31-year-old Dutch defender Marcel Seip, according a report in the Sydney Morning Herald. Though Graham Arnold made sure to differentiate his new signing from the recently-retired center back stalwart Patrick Zwaanswijk, the Mariners will use Seip as a direct replacement on the left side of central defense.
Arnold explained Seip's qualities and the process by which the Mariners landed him:
"He's different to Patrick [Zwaanswijk] in that he's not a natural left-footer but he's played left-central defense his whole career, and my network of scouts couldn't recommend him highly enough. I was talking to three defenders overall, but most of my Dutch scouts loved Marcel's style. They said he was a really tough, strong player who is right up for the battle. He's also quick and good on the ball, so I'm confident he'll be an important player for us and can fill that gap of experience left by Patrick's exit.
"After speaking with Marcel a few times over the phone, he comes across as someone who wants to come to Australia for the right reasons - to be successful and play in the Asian Champions League."
Seip spent five seasons at SC Heerenveen including two UEFA Cup campaigns in which he featured thirteen times. Despite a somewhat tumultuous tenure, the defender spent a further five seasons on the books at Plymouth Argyle, appearing in more than a hundred matches, but three times leaving the Pilgrims on loan. He spent 2011/12 at Bradford City before returning to Holland and the Eredivisie for the 2012/13 season at VVV-Venlo. After Venlo's relegation, Seip was available and apparently interested in a much bigger change than another spell in England.
On Twitter today, Seip indicated that he will be in Gosford by the end of July: