Necevski extends Sydney deal

In a boost for Sydney FC on the eve of the A-League grand final, goalkeeper Ivan Necevski has agreed to a one-year contract extension with the club.

Necevski will start his fourth season with Sydney FC after joining the club at the beginning of the 2007/08 campaign.

The 29-year-old has worked hard with fellow keeper Clint Bolton during his time in the Harbour City and alongside goalkeeping coach John Filan, the trio have established a strong partnership.

'I am very pleased to be staying with Sydney FC. I am a Sydney boy, I wanted to stay here and I have a young family so I am happy," Necevski said.

'The club sees me as part of its plans and future and I wanted to be where my best interests lie, where I will get the most game time and exposure.

'It is always a good feeling when the club offers you a contract. It is really positive."

After making one appearance in 2007/08, Necevski’s chance midway through the following season after injury to Bolton and he relished the opportunity.

In 11 impressive appearances, Necevski kept four clean sheets and produced a number of world class saves.

'The coaching staff at the club, Vitezslav Lavicka, Tony Popovic, Michael Zach and John Filan, have a lot to do with the success we have had this season," Necevski said.

'I had a massive preseason and did really well but Clint has been great. We push each other and work very hard.

'I am really looking forward to the opportunity I now have and the challenge that comes with that."

Necevski began his A-League career with the New Zealand Knights in 2006 but after two pre-season appearances moved to the Newcastle Jets.

Following his time with Newcastle, Necevski played an integral role in Blacktown City's 2007 New South Wales Premier League Grand Final-winning squad before joining Sydney FC.

The Necevski deal is a boon for Sydney, which loses Bolton to Melbourne Heart in the off-season.

The club has also been linked with veteran Phoenix keeper Liam Reddy.

Source: SBS