Sydney FC have re-signed Serbian midfielder Milos Dimitrijevic and Australian goalkeeping stalwart Ivan Necevski to new one-year contracts.
The deal makes Necevski the longest serving Sydney player after Terry McFlynn’s retirement last season.
Dimitrijevic, who joined the Sky Blues in January, made nine appearances for the club and quickly made a name for himself with his range of passing and skills on the ball.
The former Nantes Youth Academy graduate and Serbian under-21 international will link up with Graham Arnold’s squad when they return for training in June.
“I’m very excited to get back to training,” Dimitrijevic said.
“Graham Arnold is a very good coach, he has some bold ideas and I believe with the team that we have, we can win the Grand Final under him and make the Asian Champions League.
“It is my ambition to win medals here and by staying with the biggest club in Australia I believe I can help make that happen.”
Meanwhile, Necevski has made 45 appearances for harbour-siders since winning the club’s Players’ Player of the Year award in 2011/12 and has been a reliable pinch hitter during his seven years with Sydney.
The Sydney born shot-stopper said he has his sights set on claiming another Championship winner’s medal and a berth in the AFC Asian Champions League next season.
He said the relationship he has built up with the club over the past seven years was a key factor in helping him make his decision to renew with the Sky Blues.
“It’s coming up to my eighth season now and I’m really looking forward to it,” Necevski said. “I’m just going to work hard and enjoy my football.
“I’ve been at the club a long time and when it comes to work and family I’m a very loyal person so I didn’t see the need to look elsewhere.
“It was a no brainer for me to stay in my home city.”
Coach Graham Arnold was delighted to add more depth and strength to his squad.
“Obviously Milos is another quality foreign player,” he said. “We saw bits and pieces of that quality last year with him only arriving half way through the season and not being fully fit.
“After a full pre-season we will be expecting to see a lot more from him this year.
On Necevski he said: “Ivan brings a lot of experience having played a number of A-League games for this club.
“It’s great to be able to have two first choice A-League keepers in the squad to be able to choose from.”
Necevski and Dimitrijevic become the fourth and fifth players to be signed by new Arnold after recent acquisitions Bernie Ibini, Matthew Jurman and Shane Smeltz.comments