Mariners' Ibini bound for Shanghai SIPG
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Highly-rated Australian striker Bernie Ibini on Tuesday completed a move to Chinese club Shanghai SIPG, a change he hopes will be a stepping stone to Europe.

The 20-year-old, twice nominated as Australia's young footballer of the year, moved from A-League champions Central Coast Mariners in a three-year deal.

"While it is not the move to Europe everyone was expecting, I think Australians have seen through the Asian Champions League that the Chinese Super League is of a strong standard," he said.

"Shanghai SIPG understand that I have ambitions to get to Europe and will help me in the best way they can to reach that goal, just as the Mariners did."