Mariners won't re-sign Matt Simon

Central Coast stalwart Matt Simon has been told he has no future with the Mariners after this season.

The struggling A-League outfit has decided not to renew the striker's contract after more than eight years with the club.

Simon, Mariner's all-time leading goal scorer, was clearly disappointed with the decision.

“The fans have been a huge part of why I always had plans to finish my career with this club," he said. "Unfortunately that won’t be.

"The club told me that I won’t fit into their plans for moving ahead next season."

Simon, 28, 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, he featured 148 times in the A-League and scored 41 goals.

He was capped twice for Australia and made an appearance at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games under coach Graham Arnold.

In 2009 he turned down an offer to join Colorado Rapids in the MLS. His short stint with K-League outfit Jeonnam Dragons in 2012 was cruelled by injury.

In a brief statement the Mariners said they wished "Simon all the best with his career in football".

He will continue training with the club until the completion of his contract in May. 

The Gosford outfit is currently languishing in eighth spot on the A-League ladder, eight points off the top six.

It is an unsettled period for the club, which recently sacked coach Phil Moss and will lose retiring foundation player and skipper John Hutchinson at the end of the season.