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Wout Brama has left Utrecht to join Australian A League side Central Coast Mariners for the upcoming Hyundai A-League season.

The experienced defensive midfielder, who has three Dutch national team caps, has joined the Mariners on a two-year deal after just six months with his Eredivisie side.

A former FC Twente player, who played over 300 times for the club from 2005-2014, where he won the Eredivisie in 2010 and the KNVB Cup 2011, Brama then joined PEC Zwolle and went on to feature in 70 matches.

Brama only joined Utrecht in 2017, but has decided to opt for a new challenge with a new team in a new country.

Speaking to the Mariners official website, Brama explained the decision for his move.

He said: "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.

“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 [Hiariej] 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.

“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 hardworking so I know I will fit in well."

Mariners manager Paul Okon added: "We are delighted to welcome Wout to the Central Coast Mariners. 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.

“Wout will add invaluable experience and leadership to our playing group and will no doubt be an asset to our team."

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