Simon returns for third Mariners stint as rookie Wales exits

Gosford gun Matt Simon is heading back for a third stint with Central Coast Mariners after agreeing to terms on a two-year deal.

Matt Simon

Striker Matt Simon (R) is set for a return to home town club Central Coast Mariners Source: Getty Images

The 32-year-old local legend, who won an A-League premiership with the Mariners in 2008, is off contract after three seasons and two premierships, a championship and an FFA Cup with Sydney FC.

He made 67 A-League appearances for the Sky Blues - 54 of which were off the bench - scoring five goals.

But it’s his physical presence and ability to intimidate defenses which has prompted new coach Mike Mulvey - who last week snared fellow attacker Corey Gameiro - to bring Simon back to his roots.

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He struck 41 goals in 107 games for Central Coast over six seasons, making himself a folk hero among fans - and the highest scorer in the club’s history.

While Simon is on his way in as part of a post-season clearing of the decks at Sydney FC, promising midfielder Lachlan Wales is on his way to Melbourne City.

The highly regarded Mariners junior, 20, made 10 A-League appearances for the wooden spooners this season and the club fought hard to keep him with the offer of his first senior contract.



But the lure of Melbourne City - also hot favourites to snatch fellow Mariner Daniel De Silva - proved irresistible for the off-contract youngster.

The Mariners declined to comment when contacted by The World Game.


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Published 10 May 2018 at 8:58am
By Dave Lewis