Matt Simon

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Matt Simon
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Simon playing for Central Coast Mariners in 2008
Personal information
Full nameMatthew Blake Simon
Date of birth (1986-01-22) 22 January 1986 (age 34)
Place of birth Sydney, Australia
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) [1]
Playing position(s) Forward
Club information
Current team
Central Coast Mariners
Number 19
Youth career
Wyoming
East Gosford
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2005–2006 Central Coast Lightning 35 (8)
2006–2012 Central Coast Mariners 114 (36)
2012–2013 Jeonnam Dragons 6 (0)
2013–2015 Central Coast Mariners 33 (5)
2015–2018 Sydney FC 67 (5)
2018– Central Coast Mariners 33 (9)
National team
2008 Australia U-23 10 (5)
2009 Australia 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of 02:31, 13 January 2020 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 31 October 2015

Matthew Blake Simon (born 22 January 1986) is an Australian international football (soccer) player who plays as a striker for Central Coast Mariners FC in the A-League and is current Captain.

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Simon started his senior career with Central Coast Lightning before joining Central Coast Mariners in 2006. In 2012, Simon signed with K-League club Chunnam Dragons, however, his opportunities at the club were limited by persistent injuries. In 2013, Simon rejoined the Mariners. He moved to Sydney FC after being released by the Mariners in 2015, before again returning to the Mariners in 2018. Simon remains the Mariners' all-time leading goal scorer.

Simon has made two appearances for the Australia national team. He also appeared for Australia U23 at the 2008 Summer Olympics.

Club career

Central Coast Mariners

He was added to the Mariners' squad in the week leading up to their 2006 Pre-Season Cup play-off against Newcastle Jets. Simon was then brought back to the squad after Nik Mrdja suffered a heel injury before the round 19 clash against Newcastle. He starred for the Central Coast Lightning during their 2006 NSW Winter Super League campaign. Simon had a solid 07–08 season with the Mariners despite not scoring any goals. In the first league game for the 08–09 season Simon immediately broke his duck and scored off a header that would prove to be the start of his wonderful season.

After a successful 08–09 season, in January 2009, he was offered a 2-year contract by Major League Soccer club Colorado Rapids but turned it down citing his preference to remain in Australia with the possibility of playing in Europe in the future. Later in the year, he extended his contract with Central Coast Mariners, staying with the club until 2012. [2]

Move to South Korea

On 30 December 2011 it was announced that he had signed a three-year contract worth $400,000 per year to play for K-League side Jeonnam Dragons. [3] It was later announced that Jeonnam Dragons paid a transfer fee of $170,000 to acquire the player. [4]

Return to Central Coast Mariners

On 16 May 2013 it was announced that he had re-signed with the Mariners. [5]

Sydney FC

On 3 August 2015 it was announced that Matt Simon had signed with Sydney FC, reuniting with his former coach Graham Arnold after he penned a one-year deal with the club. [6] Arnold said the capture of Simon would add a new dimension to his squad. [7] In Round 4 of the 2015–16 A-League, Simon scored twice as they beat his old club 3–1, after coming on as a substitute.

On 20 July 2016, Simon signed a one-year extension to his contract. [8]

Despite coming off the bench for all of his 25 league games of the 2016–17 season, Simon signed a one-year contract extension with the Sky Blue till the end of the 2017–18 season. Simon was part of the title winning squad, winning the double in 2016–17. [9]

On 24 March 2018, Simon came off the bench for Sydney FC in a match against his former club, and scored the winning goal in 90+3, which ultimately would set Sydney FC up to winning the A-League Premiership for the 2017—18 season. [10]

Second return to Central Coast Mariners

On 10 May 2018, Simon left Sydney FC and signed once again with the Central Coast Mariners, on a two-year contract. [11] On 26 October 2018, he was announced as the Mariners new club captain. [12]

International career

Simon played frequently for Australia under-23 (the Olyroos) in 2008. In May of that year he scored a hat-trick for the side in a 3–1 win over Republic of Ireland in Malaysia. [13] Simon was originally named as an alternate player for the Olyroos at the 2008 Olympic Games in China. However, when Archie Thompson was injured mid-tournament, Simon was added to the playing squad. He played as a second-half substitute in the team's final match, a loss to Ivory Coast. [14]

In May 2008, following strong form for the Olyroos, Simon was called up by Pim Verbeek to the Australian senior side for the first time for a 2010 World Cup qualifier against Iraq. [15] He eventually made his Socceroos debut in January 2009 in a 2011 Asian Cup qualifier against Indonesia in Jakarta, in an Australian team of primarily A-League players. The game finished as a scoreless draw, although Simon did have a goal ruled out for offside. [16] He made a second appearance for Australia in the same competition five weeks later against Kuwait. In what was Simon's first start for the side, the Socceroos lost 1–0 in Canberra. [17]

Career statistics

Correct as of 12 January 2020 [18]

Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
ClubSeasonLeagueCupContinentalTotal
DivisionAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
Central Coast Mariners
2006–07 A-League 30100040
2007–08 2001100211
2008–09 211100422513
2009–10 2570000257
2010–11 311100003111
2011–12 1470000147
Mariners total11436214212039
Jeonnam Dragons 2012 K-League 60100070
2013 00000000
Jeonnam total60100070
Central Coast Mariners 2013–14 A-League 2620040302
2014–15 1131100124
Mariners total3751140426
Sydney FC 2015–16 A-League2032050273
2016–17 2504200292
2017–18 2225241315
Sydney total675114918710
Central Coast Mariners 2018–19 A-League2271000237
2019–20 1124100153
Mariners total33951003810
Total2575520717329465

Honours

Club

Central Coast Mariners:

Sydney FC

Individual

Records

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