Aberdeen boss Barry Robson delighted with signing of James McGarry

The New Zealand international defender joins on a three-year deal.

Aberdeen boss Barry Robson delighted with signing of James McGarry SNS Group

Barry Robson says he’s added a strong defender with a winning mentality to his squad after Aberdeen signed James McGarry from Central Coast Mariners.

McGarry has moved from the A-League side for an undisclosed fee and signed a three-year contract with the Dons.

The left-back began his career in his native New Zealand before a spell in the Netherlands with Willem II. He then moved back south and the All Whites cap played for Newcastle Jets before a switch to Central Coast.

McGarry becomes Aberdeen’s ninth signing of the season and Robson is intent on adding more new faces as he looks to create competition and cover in every position.

“The acquisition of James is an excellent piece of business by the club” the manager told the club website.

“He’s athletic, physically strong and has the winning mentality, all of which are important if you want to be a successful Aberdeen player.

“He becomes our ninth signing in what has been a busy summer and adds another piece of the jigsaw as we look to build a squad that can compete on both domestic and European fronts this season. That said, there is still some work do and I would expect some more signings before the end of the transfer window.”

McGarry described his enthusiasm for the move, with the 25-year-old keen to wear his new shirt for the first time.

“When I heard there was interest from Aberdeen, I knew it was something I wanted to explore,” he said.

“The manager explained what he is trying to build here, and it was something I was excited to be part of. I want to challenge myself at the highest level and obviously the opportunity to play in Europe again was also a big incentive.

“I can’t wait to get started and to meet the fantastic supporters of this historic club.”

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