Sydney FC have unveiled former Central Coast defender Zac Anderson as the club's latest signing to plug the gap left by departed Serbian star Nikola Petkovic.
Sky Blues coach Graham Arnold knows Anderson well from his time at the Mariners, where he made 67 appearances and played a significant role in the Gosford side's 2013 A-League title.
It's understood the 24-year-old, who has been a regular at Central Coast since he joined in 2012, turned down more lucrative offers to reunite with Arnold.
Anderson's signature on a one-year deal will bolster Sydney FC's back four and provide competition to first-choice defensive pairing Jacques Faty and Matthew Jurman.
"Obviously I've worked with him before and I know the quality he has," Arnold said.
"He will give us great depth and competition for places, and at 24 he is at a great age as well."
The defender is the Sky Blues' fourth off-season signing following the arrivals of young talents Andrew Hoole, Brandon O'Neill and Riley Woodcock.
Arnold now turns his attention to bringing on board more experience up front including replacements for Bernie Ibini and gun Austrian marquee Marc Janko.
Last week highly respected goalkeeping coach John Crawley also made the jump from the Mariners to Sydney FC to join Arnold, Anderson and former Central Coast conditioning coach Andrew Clark.