Loyal Jurman spurns Eredivisie to stay with Sydney FC

Highly-prized Sydney FC defender Matt Jurman has rejected a three-year deal to join an unnamed Eredivisie club.

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Matt Jurman in action for Sydney FC. Source: Corbis Sport

Jurman, who last season scooped a clean sweep of club awards with player of the year, players' player of the year and members' player of the year gongs, would have become a millionaire over the lifetime of the deal.

However, such is his faith in the direction coach Graham Arnold is taking the club, and the squad which has been assembled for the new season, the 26-year-old - who missed just two games last season and played every minute of the 25 matches he was involved in - decided to stay put.

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It is also understood that Jurman, who signed a new two-year deal 14 months ago but has a buyout clause inserted into his contract - also recently spurned an approach from a K-League club in a further affirmation of his desire to help bring success to Allianz Stadium.

The Korea offer would have dwarfed what Jurman could have earned in the Netherlands but, once again, he was not swayed.

In his second spell with Sydney, for whom he has made 95 league appearances across five seasons, Jurman is at the peak of his powers.

But despite his show of loyalty, there is no guarantee he will remain with the Sky Blues indefinitely and continue to delay grabbing a slice of the riches on offer overseas, especially in Asia where a bevy of Australians – mainly defenders – are already cashing in.




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Published 7 September 2016 at 8:35pm
By Dave Lewis