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Central Coast Mariners confirm deal for Hearts striker Sutton

A-League leaders Central Coast Mariners have confirmed an agreement to bring Heart of Midlothian striker John Sutton to the club.

The 28-year old Englishman will join the Mariners on an initial four-month loan which could become permanent at the end of the season.

Sutton, who kicked off his career with Tottenham and has played for the likes of Millwall, Wycombe Wanderers, St Mirren and Motherwell, has also been brought in for the Mariners' Asian Champions League campaign which kicks off next month.

"The exposure of giving him the opportunity to play in the A-League and also the ACL was very appealing to him," Mariners ahead coach Graham Arnold said.

"He comes with a very good pedigree in Scotland and he is a similar player to Matty Simon, someone that can make us play different if we need to play different.

"He comes out with a record of a goal every two-and-a-half to three games in Scotland and we're looking forward to John coming out and adding not only another set of legs but quite a deal of experience for our front line."

Sutton will land in Australia next week but is unlikely to take on the Melbourne Victory on Friday February 10.

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