Ognenovski re-signs with Sydney FC

Veteran defender Sasa Ognenovski has signed a new one-year contract with Sydney FC which will see him at the club until the end of the 2014/15 season.

The Socceroo and 2010 Asian Player of the Year returned to the A-League in February adding more stability and leadership to the Sky Blues back four. 

Sydney are sitting seventh on the league ladder and will need every bit of that experience as they push for a finals spot with just three games remaining in the season.

The club said Ognenovski’s performances in the six games since his arrival had earned the 34-year-old a new deal.

“I’m delighted to be staying for another year at Sydney FC,” the former Brisbane Roar and Adelaide United defender said.

“We are building a good squad for next season and the club has some very talented youngsters coming through the ranks so I think that is a huge positive.

“I like the bold ambitions the club is setting and hopefully I can be a big part of that.”

Ognenovski is still hopeful of being selected for Australia’s World Cup squad.

Sydney coach Frank Farina welcomed the re-signing of the Australian international, who captained South Korean club Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma to the AFC Champions League title in 2010.

“Sasa has provided extra strength and discipline in our defensive line and has thoroughly deserved this new deal,” Farina said.

“He is an asset to the club and is an integral part of a strong backbone that every team needs. 

“I believe he still has plenty of good football left in him and his experience in the games ahead and next year will be invaluable.”

Ognenovski has played 22 times for the Socceroos, scoring one goal.