The recruitment drive of Central Coast Mariners for the next A-League season gathered pace with the club signing 20-year-old Australian defender Harry Ascroft.
Ascroft joins the Gosford-based outfit on a three-year deal from Dutch side VVV-Venlo after seven appearances over two seasons in the second division.
Coach Tony Walmsley said Ascroft's character and work ethic made him an ideal signing, as the Mariners rebuilt from last season's disappointing 8th-place finish.
"Harry is a long-term prospect, but can he play and have an impact this season? I think so," he said.
Ascroft has played once for the Australian Under-19 side, scoring a goal.
“It feels really good to join the Mariners and I’m really excited about the future,” Ascroft said.
“Playing in the Netherlands was a great experience, I learned a lot and it allowed me to mature a lot as a player and as a person.
“I’m a very relaxed, calm player. I like to keep things very simple and I always put in 110 percent."