CLUB STATEMENT: Matt Simon to part ways with Mariners

The Central Coast Mariners wish to alert fans, members and media that the club has decided that the contract of Matt Simon will not be renewed beyond the completion of the Hyundai A-League 2014/15 season.

Simon played his junior football on the Central Coast and joined the Mariners in the lead up to the 2006/07 season from the now defunct representative team, Central Coast Lightning.

Since making his debut in 2006, Simon has featured 148 times in the Hyundai A-League in which he has found the back of the net on 41 occasions making him the all time leading goal scorer for the yellow and navy.

A role model for grass roots footballers all over Australia, Simon’s incredible passion, determination and hunger for goals granted him an appearance at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games under Graham Arnold’s Olyroos.

Simon’s career spans eight seasons across the Hyundai A-League, which was broken up by a short stint in the K-League Classic with Jeonnam Dragons in 2012.

Simon thanked the fans and members for their support during his career.

“The fans have been a huge part of why I always had plans to finish my career with this club. Unfortunately that won’t be. The club told me that I won’t fit into their plans for moving ahead next season,” Simon said.

The Central Coast Mariners wish Simon all the best with his career in football and he will continue training with the Mariners until the completion of his contract in May.