Central Coast Mariners have signed a Spanish striker as their new number nine.
The 26-year-old, known simply as Asdrubal, joins the Mariners on a one-year deal.
Asdrubal joins the club after having spent the last six months with Thai club Port FC.
The forward came through the youth ranks at Las Palmas, making his debut for the senior side in 2013.
He helped the club reach promotion to La Liga in 2014/15, before doing the same on loan with CD Leganes in 2015/16.
Asdrubal said he had been studying a lot about Australia and is excited to join the Mariners.
“I am really happy to be here playing for the Central Coast Mariners,” Asdrubal said. “This is a really exciting opportunity for me, I’ve studied a lot about Australia – it seems like a beautiful country. I’ve also seen Central Coast Stadium which looks fantastic.
“The Hyundai A-League is a good competition, it’s a great opportunity for me to establish myself as an important player and my decision to come here is based purely on football but I’m sure this will be a beautiful place to live with my family.
“Obviously scoring goals is fantastic and it’s my number one objective but more importantly what I am all about is work rate. I want to contribute to the whole team; my work rate is something that the fans will see a lot of and my never give up attitude. If goals follow from that, then that’s the bonus.
“Coming from arguably the best league in the world there’s a difference between the two leagues reputations but from what I’ve seen the Hyundai A-League is of high quality and the players are in great physical shape. I’m sure this will prove a challenge for me but hopefully I can draw on the experience having played against superstars in Spain – most importantly nothing changes. I hold the same respect for the league here as I did in Spain. The work rate I will put in won’t be any different, I want to set an example for the younger players in the way I train."
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