The 31-year-old has previously played his entire career in Korea, notably as skipper with K League giants Suwon Samsung Bluewings where he also featured in the AFC Champions League.

Having trained with the Central Coast Mariners since the start of pre-season – along with fellow Korean triallist Lee Sang-ho – Kim is said to be a "strong box-to-box midfielder"

“It has been a real pleasure to meet everyone at the Central Coast Mariners and I feel honoured to have signed,” Kim said today.

“I am thrilled to be here for such a tough pre-season and I can’t wait to show the fans what I can bring to the team.

“Central Coast Stadium is the most beautiful stadium I have ever seen, and I cannot wait to play there, meet the fans and earn their support.”

Head Coach Alen Stajcic today praised Kim’s experience and the work ethic he has brought to the club.

“Kim is a high calibre signing for not just the Mariners but the Hyundai A-League,” Stajcic said.

“To attract a player of Kim’s calibre who captained Suwon Bluewings, one of the biggest teams in Korea, is a tremendous boost for the Mariners and the league.

“His technical skills combined with his experience will be of great benefit in the development of our players and particularly our younger players coming through the ranks.

“Since arriving at the start of pre-season, Kim has been a real asset amongst the squad, both on and off the pitch and has set a very high standard.”