Ziggy Gordon relishing Central Coast Mariners challenge after Hamilton exit

Ziggy Gordon celebrates scoring for Hamilton Accies
Ziggy Gordon scored a vital goal for Hamilton against St Johnstone

Ziggy Gordon says he chose to sign for Central Coast Mariners because of his desire to "experience new challenges" after leaving Hamilton Academical.

The 26-year-old pulled out of move to Dinamo Bucharest after the sacking of head coach Mircea Rednic.

Gordon has signed a one-year contract with the A-League outfit after "speaking with several teams" and considering his family and career.

"It was obvious to me to sign for the Mariners," he told BBC Scotland.

"It ticks all the boxes and, after many conversations with the manager, I was sold on the project and believed I can make a difference."

Mariners head coach Alen Stajcic believes Gordon's experience will be key for his side who finished bottom of the 10-team league last season.

"He has played abroad in Poland at a high level, been a leader for Hamilton and that wealth of experience is going to be a great boost to our line-up," Stajcic said.

"He holds high standards for himself and those around him. Ziggy is a very smart footballer and his leadership qualities will be invaluable to our young boys, and help the team move up the ladder this season."

Among Gordon's new team-mates will be former Celtic, Dunfermline Athletic and Motherwell midfielder Michael McGlinchey.

Gordon had returned for a second spell with Accies last summer after stints with Jagiellonia Bialystok and Pogon Siedice in Poland.

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