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Ex-Sheff Utd midfielder Montgomery looking forward to Mariners experience

Former League One Sheffield United midfielder Nick Montgomery says his exit for Central Coast Mariners from the Blades was "amicable". "I've had a fantastic time here and I didn't want it to end on a bad note and thankfully for me it hasn't," the 30 year old told BBC Radio Sheffield.

"We came to an amicable agreement over my contract and it's allowed me to move on fulfil an ambition I've always had."

He added: "I'll miss all the friends that I've made and I'll be back at the end of the season to watch a couple of the games.

"I went to the training ground to see the lads and the staff last week and that was pretty emotional and I'm going to the Bury game on Saturday, which will be a great chance to say goodbye to the fans."

Ahead of moving to Australia next Monday, he is looking forward to a new chapter in his career.

"I just want to be successful and this is something that I've always wanted to do," he continued.

"It'll be a totally different experience. They're in the Asian Champions League so we'll be playing in China, Japan and South Korea.

"I'm excited for a new challenge and a totally fresh start."

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