Sydney FC continue to try and retain the bulk of their Championship-winning squad with confirmation on Thursday super-sub striker Matt Simon has re-committed for a further season.
The towering centre forward, who was a key part of the club’s Hyundai A-League Premiership and Championship in the 2016/17 Season, will remain a Sky Blue for his third season.
Simon’s efforts, especially in his title winning year have cemented his status as a fan favourite among the Sky Blues faithful.
“Sydney FC feels like home to me, I’m proud to play for this club and I’m proud to continue to do so as reigning Premiers and Champions,” Simon said.
“It’s fantastic to be able to keep the family together as we’re doing, we’re out to create more history next season and I can’t wait to get started.
“I’m eager to contest the AFC Champions League again next year with this group of players and can’t wait to defend our title.”
Coach Graham Arnold praised Simon for his work ethic and drive and said the striker was an integral part of the squad.
“Matty has proven time and again how valuable he is to this team and it’s fantastic to have him remain a Sky Blue for next season,” Arnold said.
“His effort and determination can’t be questioned and whenever he plays he has an impact.
“The fans love him, he loves the club and it’s only fitting we reward his efforts this season.”
Simon will be a part of the squad to face English Premier League heavyweights Liverpool FC at ANZ Stadium on Wednesday 24 May before departing for holidays and returning with the squad in July for pre-season training.