Melbourne Victory are moving swiftly to retain key players in their premiership winning side, with star defender Matthieu Delpierre the latest to sign a contract extension.
Delpierre has re-signed for one year, just a week after the club secured the signature of dynamic forward Fahid Ben Khalfallah on a two-year extension.
The 34-year-old experienced an injury-interrupted season from October but played 13 of the club’s 27 A-League matches this season including the last 10.
Victory Football Operations Manager Paul Trimboli said securing Delpierre for another season was a significant endorsement of the club following its Premier’s Plate success on Sunday.
“Matthieu has been in superb form since his return from injury and is an important player to our style and structure moving forward,” Trimboli said.
“He is a player that we have been working hard to retain and the club is delighted we could come to an agreement for another season."
A former captain and title winner with VfB Stuttgart in the German Bundesliga, Delpierre is looking forward to continuing his career with the Premiers.
“Everyone at Melbourne Victory has made me and my family feel so much at home and comfortable here in Melbourne so I really wanted to stay and continue to play here,” Delpierre said.
“The coaches, support staff and administration are all heading in the one direction so the future is very exciting at this club and I want to be a part of it.
“My injury was disappointing but the support I received from the club was amazing so I want to be able to give something back to say thanks for the support they showed me.”comments