Central Coast Mariners have again boosted their defensive stocks, signing Brent Griffiths on a one season contract.
Griffiths, 22, is the younger brother of Rostyn Griffiths, a player who became a fan favourite for the yellow and navy faithful at Bluetongue Stadium before switching to emerging Chinese powerhouse Guangzhou R&F earlier this year.
A versatile left-footed defender, Griffiths adds further flexibility to the Mariners squad having most recently represented Heidelberg United in the Victorian Premier League.
Griffiths spent two months training with the Mariners before his move to Phoenix last season, and Central Coast boss Graham Arnold said he was close to keeping the player in Gosford 12 months ago.
“Brent gives us A-League experience having played with both Perth Glory and Wellington Phoenix,” Arnold said.
“He offers us further depth in the centre of defence, where we also have Patrick Zwaanswijk, Zac Anderson and Trent Sainsbury.”
“Brent gives us good cover at left stopper and can adapt to a number of other roles on the pitch should we need him to.”
“We were interested in keeping Brent at the Mariners last season, understand his character and know he will fit into our club culture.”
Griffiths said the decision to join the club was an easy one for him to make.
“It was an easy decision to come to the Mariners – they are the best Club in the A-League as far as I’m concerned,” Griffiths said. “The guys are good lads, the coaches are great and the facilities are very good too.”