Simon signs new Sydney FC deal

Veteran striker Matt Simon has signed on for another season with Sydney FC after inking a new one-year deal with the club.

Simon will begin his second season at the club after joining Sydney FC at the start of the Hyundai A-League 2015-2016 season.

The thirty year-old striker will play in his 10th A-League season in 2016-2017 after first signing for the Central Coast Mariners as an injury replacement for Nik Mrdja in 2006.

Simon has scored 44 A-league goals in 167 A-League matches. 

After playing a key role in Sydney FC's run to the Asian Champions League Round of 16, Simon said he was excited for another season with the Sky Blues.

“I’m really pleased to be able to spend another season playing in front of our fantastic members and fans,” Simon said.

“I think we showed in the AFC Champions League at the end of last season we are a club capable of matching it with the best.

“I feel we are a squad who has a lot more to give in the A-League this season and with the new additions to the squad, we’ve got a great shot at silverware.”

Head Coach Graham Arnold said he was glad to have the striker, who sits eighth on the all-time list of leading Hyundai A-League goalscorers, on board.

“Matt’s power, muscle and ability to cause headaches for defenders was hugely evident last season, especially in the AFC Champions League where his qualities helped us go further than this club has ever gone before in Asia.

“He definitely provides us with a different option in the front third and despite struggling with a rib injury for a large part of last season, he still put his body on the line for the club whenever called upon."

Simon’s renewal brings the Sky Blues’ Hyundai A-League 2016-2017 complement to 16 players ahead of the season kicking off in October. 

Sydney FC Players Contracted For 2016-2017

George Blackwood
Josh Brillante
Aaron Calver
David Carney
Milos Dimitrijevic
Rhyan Grant
Filip Holosko
Vedran Janjetovic (GK)
Matthew Jurman
Milos Ninkovic
Brandon O’Neill
Sebastian Ryall
Matt Simon
Danny Vukovic (GK)
Alex Wilkinson
Michael Zullo

Source: Sydney FC