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from the club scroll down and you can get Okon speaking about him as a player ... seems to be brought as a 6

http://www.ccmariners.com.au/article/mariners-land-dutch-midfielder-tom-hiariej/e1gj8auzeopv19vh6oo9o74k1

The Central Coast Mariners can today announce the impending arrival of 28-year-old Dutch midfielder, Tom Hiariej ahead of the Hyundai A-League 2017/18 season (pending medical on arrival).

Hiariej is set to arrive on the Central Coast from FC Groningen, a club that competes in the Eredivisie (top tier of football in the Netherlands) after agreeing to terms on a two-year-deal.

With over 200 competitive appearances under his belt, Hiariej is a one club man who plied his trade with the FC Groningen youth academy and debuted for the Green & White in September 2007 (cup match) scoring his first goal against NEC Nijmegen in 2008. Indeed, Hiariej’s only senior club is Groningen, he also spent two short loan stints with FC Emmen (Netherlands) & SC Cambuur (Netherlands).

 Hiariej has also represented the Netherlands at youth level, having featured in the Dutch under 17s campaign who placed third in the 2005 FIFA U-17 World Championship, held in Peru.

Although Hiariej has spent the entirety of his playing career in the Netherlands, the talented midfielder is half Dutch and half Indonesian (His mother is Dutch and his father is ‘Moluccan’ – was born in the Maluku Islands of Indonesia).Earlier in his career, Hiariej was played predominantly as a right-back but in recent years has played his best football as a central midfielder and will add much needed experience to Okon’s midfield stocks with the retirement of outgoing skipper, Nick Montgomery

.After spending 10 years with one club, Hiariej is looking forward to arriving on the Central Coast for his newest challenge and already has a great feel for what he can expect from the Mariners.

“I am really excited for this challenge and I hope I can really add something to the Mariners and football in Australia,” Hiariej said. “Coming to the Mariners, we want to be playing finals football. For me personally, it’s a new adventure and I look forward to learning a lot from the Australian culture and the people.

“I know the Mariners are a club that like to give young players a chance. I have played over 200 competitive games at the highest level in Holland so hopefully I can use that experience to help the younger players in the squad develop and become better players.

“I’ve seen photos of Central Coast Stadium and it is amazing.

“After speaking with the coach, I know the Mariners are a community club, it’s like a big family which was great to hear because Groningen, my old club, is also a community club.“

I spoke with Paul after our game, he came across as a really nice guy,” Hiariej said. “As a player, he also played at the highest level in Europe and from what he’s told me about the Central Coast Mariners, I can’t wait to get there for pre-season and meet my new teammates,” Hiariej said.

Although he has featured most recently as a central midfielder, Hiariej is a versatile player who offers options across the back four and midfield.

“I spent 10 years with Groningen, I’m a central midfielder but can also play right-back or centre-back,” Hiariej said. 

“I’m not a big player but I’m skilful, what I will bring to the Central Coast Mariners is aggression,” Hiariej said.Hiariej is expected to arrive on the Central Coast for day one of pre-season later in June where he will complete his medical at the Central Coast Mariners Centre of Excellence.

During Paul Okon’s scouting trip to Europe he watched Hiariej play against PSV Eindhoven before meeting with him and discussing the opportunity to trade the green and white of Groningen for the Yellow & Navy of the Mariners.

Okon was impressed by Hiariej’s characteristics both on and off the pitch.

“We were actually looking at Tom in the January transfer window and were very close to signing him,” Okon said. “At the time, Groningen decided that they wouldn’t release him which was disappointing for us because we thought he really would have added value at that time of the season. We’ve kept dialogue since and followed him throughout the remainder of the season.

“We knew that Tom was open to the idea of exploring an opportunity and adventure in a country like Australia and it’s exciting to have him here for at least the next two seasons.

“Tom is a versatile player but we have predominantly looked at him as a central midfielder – he’s a ball playing midfielder, he’s very good in tight areas and his work rate is very high so he ticks the boxes in terms of what we were looking for, so now it’s a question of him adapting and settling in which I don’t think will be a problem. He will be here from the start of pre-season and will have plenty of time.

“Part of the conversation with him was making him aware that the Mariners have a number of young players, we have a philosophy of giving them an opportunity and he would have to play a leadership role because of his experience having played so many games in the Dutch first division. He was receptive of that and really wanted that responsibility which is important because we lose our captain who gave us that experience.

“Without putting too much pressure on Tom, they are certainly big boots to fill in terms of being a leader in that midfield and he’s happy to assume that responsibility.

“Nowadays it’s rare to find players who have played at one club and that again shows that Tom is a loyal person and after meeting with him and talking to him I could tell straight away that he will fit straight in to the Central Coast Mariners.

“Our fans should be excited, we are all excited to see what Tom can bring to the Mariners both on and off the pitch,” Okon said.
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It looks like he's a good signing as far as anyone can know. I definitely rate Okon. If anyone can rescue ccm it's him

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1 minute ago, DinoPresinger said:

It looks like he's a good signing as far as anyone can know. I definitely rate Okon. If anyone can rescue ccm it's him

Agree 

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Looks like a very good player, I dare say that you are very happy with that import. 

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1 hour ago, FCB said:

Looks like a very good player, I dare say that you are very happy with that import. 

When it was announced we looked up a list of Dutch teams with Midfielders off contract... he was rated as the second best Dutch Midfielder off contract out of a list of about 23.... so very happy right age... one club player ... runs all day and is aggressive ... what more could you want from a 6 ... he will teach Rose a lot and hopefully bring him along as well.

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Only 67 on FIFA - I expect him to be a mainstay in the midfield but nothing amazing or special

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He's a very good signing... he would do well for them

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We just signed Alan Baro as a central defender

http://www.ccmariners.com.au/article/central-coast-mariners-sign-alan-baro/6v60vhjbelvy1bnd11ccanfde

key points...

Baro is a proven defender who, before joining Melbourne Victory, earned more than a decade of experience plying his trade in Spain with the likes of Osasuna, Alicante and SD Ponferradina -  

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Mariners with some good signings

Will they expectedly charge up the table, or will they go the way of the much touted Phoenix side of last season?

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1 hour ago, Unlimited said:

Mariners with some good signings

Will they expectedly charge up the table, or will they go the way of the much touted Phoenix side of last season?

They have a good coach so I expect them to do well. If their next two signings are as good as these two then I expect them to be top 6. If they get the 5th right they might even be top 3. It's good to see CCM recruiting well and not being a total basket case.

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Get your imports right, sign quality local players if you can afford them, have talented and motivated squaddies, have a competent coach, and good things will happen.

Sign Faty and Tavares (I can't believe that we offered that guy a contract after S3) or Borda and Bruno and you shall harvest not fruit but rocks.

Looks like the CCM are back on track.

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Exciting rumour on our site tonight.... sounds like we have a decent and young keeper ...

Soccer Stoppage Time saying that CCM and Tom Glover have agreed terms - just waiting for Spurs TD to sign off

SBS article on Tom and don't you just love his surname for a keeper,

http://theworldgame.sbs.com.au/article/2014/09/21/australia-battles-england-rookie-keeper-glover

 

 

 

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The squad is coming together and looks like the strongest we have had for a while.

 

 

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Just on Golec and Baro we now  have a left and right foot CBs... IMO the importance of having your two CBs having a natural left and right foot cannot be overstated... shows me Okon planning of the squad is impressive. 

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I hope CCM supporters don't have the Golec-angst we suffered. The guy is a squaddie at best.

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3 hours ago, theguyyouwishyouwere said:

Poor Mariners or Rich Mariners?

Fixed

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Our experience with Griffiths would suggest that the league has gotten away from "traditional" HAL players. 

If I recall correctly then Golec was struggling when he last played in the HAL. Things haven't gotten any easier, and he might be in for a bit of a shock.

Another shock for him will be when he experiences Spotless. He won't know what hit him. 

 

 

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Hoole signs for the Sauce Bottles on 2 year contract.

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