Central Coast continue to build ahead of the 2017/18 A-League season with the signing of Dutch midfielder Wout Brama on a two-year contract.
The 30-year-old former Eredivisie champion is further proof of coach Paul Okon’s strategy of injecting experience into last season’s youth-heavy squad.
Brama played more than 300 games in the Dutch topflight with powerhouses FC Twente and PEC Zwolle and arrives in Gosford from FC Utrecht who finished fourth in the 2016/17.
In the iconic blue and white of PEC Zwolle Brama played alongside current Socceroo centre back and former Mariner, Trent Sainsbury.
The defensive mid will reunite with fellow countryman and new signing Tom Hiariej whom he played alongside in the 2008 Netherlands under 23’s squad.
Brama has high expectations for the 2017/18 season and believes his experience in the Eredivisie can help the Mariners press for a finals finish.
“I have been playing in the Netherlands for a long time now so I was very excited when the Central Coast Mariners expressed their interest,” Brama said.
“For me it’s a great step, a big adventure to play abroad, so I am very excited to play there. I spoke with Tom when I heard from the Mariners and he was very positive about the club so I am really excited to come there, having another Dutchman there makes things a bit easier in the beginning as well.
“I also spoke with Trent Sainsbury. Man, he loves this club. He was very positive, spoke very highly about the way of living so that also pushed me and helped me to decide.”
The three-capped Dutch international said: “My main goal is to help the team return to finals football. I want to have success with this club, I have a lot of experience in the Netherlands so hopefully I can help the younger players in the squad which is what I am accustomed to doing.
"My biggest quality is that I am a real team player, I will never be selfish – I know Australians are hard working so I know I will fit in well.
“Under Coach Steve McClaren we became Champions of the Netherlands, we played at the highest level so that experience will help the team. We played in the Europa League and the Champions League and that’s experience I will bring with me.
“I’m a defensive midfielder, tactically strong. As I said, I am a team player so I will help the players around me play better football. I want to play football from the back and from what I have heard that’s the philosophy of the club, I will fit well into the Dutch style of football and also offer an option in attack.”
Okon was thrilled to secure his 11th recruit of the off-season.
“We've been looking for a strong defensive midfielder with a high work rate who is real quality in possession to fit our game style,” he said.
“Wout will add invaluable experience and leadership to our playing group and will no doubt be an asset to our team.”
Brama will link up with his new teammates after the club’s FFA Cup Round of 32 clash to be played on Wednesday August 2 against Blacktown City.