Arnold hails 'crucial' re-signing of Faty

Sydney FC have re-signed Senegalese international Jacques Faty on a new one year deal, keeping the centre back at the club until the end of the 2015/16 Hyundai A-League season.

Faty joined the Sky Blues as an injury replacement player in January and made 10 appearances for Sydney FC, scoring a memorable opening goal against the Wellington Phoenix.

The former Marseille defender, whose cousin Mickael Tavares re-signed last week – said he was excited by the prospect of remaining a Sky Blue and has set his sights on silverware next season.

The 31-year-old was gutted when he was subbed injured in the first half of Sydney’s 3-0 Grand Final loss to Melbourne Victory.

“I am very pleased to be remaining a member of Sydney FC for next season,” Faty said.

“I have strong ambitions to win titles during my career and I believe I can achieve that with the Sky Blues.

“I believe I have unfinished business here after the Grand Final and I want to use that as motivation for next season when we compete in the Asian Champions League and hopefully set more A-League records.”

The re-signing was good news for the Sky Blues whose break with marque striker Marc Janko spilled into social media when the Austrian took issue with his treatment.

Faty was part of a strong defensive unit, a major reason for his re-signing by coach Graham Arnold.

 “I’m very pleased to have secured Jacques for another season,” Arnold said.

“This is a crucial signing because of his quality and his leadership, I think it was clearly seen when he went off in the Grand Final that the team lacked leadership on the field and that’s what we have now with Jacques’ experience.

“He is a great player to have in the group and in the dressing room and brings great professionalism to Sydney FC.

“Jacques has proved to be an excellent defender as well and will strengthen our defensive stocks as we venture into Asia and build on our record breaking season.”

Sydney FC are next in action against English Premier League giants Tottenham Hotspur at ANZ Stadium on Saturday night.