Smith joins Müller in Gosford as Montgomery makes first moves as Mariners boss
THE 2021/22 Central Coast Mariners squad is taking shape after the arrival of German midfielder Nicolai Müller and former Adelaide United defender Noah Smith in Gosford this week.
New Mariners boss Nick Montgomery brought his first two signings through the door after the departures of key players Daniel De Silva, Alou Kuol, Stefan Nigro and Jack Clisby in recent times.
Smith comes into the Mariners' camp as a replacement for Clisby on the left side of defence, whilst Montgomery will look to utilise the best of Müller's talents in a creative midfield role to mitigate the loss of star man De Silva to Macarthur FC.
20-year-old Smith made his debut for the Reds against Central Coast in the 2019/20 A-League campaign, before featuring nine times under Carl Veart throughout the 2020/21 season.
“I am really excited about joining the Mariners this year as they have a great culture and identity," Smith told the club website.
“I can’t wait to meet the boys and get stuck into pre-season.
“I am thankful for the opportunity Mariners are giving me and I’m ready to help the team continue to achieve success.”
The youthful exuberance of Smith is complimented by the experience brought to the Mariners camp by 33-year-old Müller, Montgomery's first signing as Central Coast head coach.
The attacking midfielder, who played more than 300 times in Germany's top two divisions at FSV Mainz 05, Hannover 96, Hamburger SV and Eintracht Frankfurt.
Mariners fans will hope Müller can work as the perfect foil to Ureña in attack, showing his eye for a cutting-edge pass and knack for finishing he displayed across 37 appearances for the Wanderers, which garnered seven goals and three assists.
Upon Müller's arrival, head coach Montgomery was brimming with excitement as he told the club website what the expected the experienced German would bring to his squad.
“Not only does he bring experience to the squad, he will be a great mentor who will have a positive influence on our young players that we have coming through the ranks," Montgomery said.
“After early discussions with Nicolai, I instantly knew he was a player I wanted to bring to the team with the quality he possesses.
“I am absolutely delighted that we can bring a player of his calibre on board, and I can’t wait to get Nicolai integrated into the squad, ready for pre-season.”
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