Sydney FC stalwarts, Rhyan Grant and Sebastian Ryall have been re-signed for a further two years with the Sky Blues.
The deals will mean Grant – who scored a wonder goal against the Mariners on the weekend – will clock up nine seasons with the harbour-siders while Ryall will complete eight.
Grant joined the Sky Blues as a youth player in 2008 for the inaugural National Youth League season and has remained at Sydney FC ever since - making 86 appearances so far for the senior team.
The 23-year-old from Canowindra has played in almost every position, bar goalkeeper, during that time but Arnold is keen to see the utility make one place his own.
Grant has put himself back in selection contention after a devastating ACL injury cruelled his 2013/14 campaign in round three.
“I’ve been at Sydney FC since I was a 17-year-old, I couldn’t fathom playing for any other Hyundai A-League club, and it’s really pleasing to continue at the Sky Blues,” Grant said.
“I’ve enjoyed winning silverware at Sydney FC and under Head Coach Graham Arnold I believe we can claim further trophies, so to be extending my stay under Arnie is really exciting.
“This is a big club and I’m looking forward to remaining here for years to come.”
Arnold praised Grant’s versatility as a key factor in re-signing him as he looks to solidify his squad for the remainder of this season and the next two years.
“Rhyan is a fantastic player to have at my disposal,” Arnold said.
“His willingness to support the team and be able to cover various positions makes him a great utility but we do see him now cementing a role in one place.
“His disposition and attitude off the field is exemplary and he is an excellent professional to have within the playing group.”
Meanwhile defender Ryall is one of five Sky Blues players to have made over 100 appearances for the club and is second on Sydney's all-time A-League appearances chart (121) behind Terry McFlynn (178).
Ryall, who was recently cleared of diving allegations, said he was targeting more silverware with the club.
“This is the club I’ve always supported and to have the chance to be able to go into my seventh and eighth seasons with the club is a huge honour,” the 25-year-old said.
“The club has big ambitions to win many more Hyundai A-League titles and compete at the highest level in Asia and I’m delighted that I have the chance to be a part of it."
Arnold believes consistency is vital to the long term success of Sydney FC.
“Seb is very much part of the future of the club and I can see him going on to be a long term fixture here,” he said.
“It shows this club has stability, growth and a vision of success moving forward. Both Seb and Rhyan have shown loyalty to Sydney FC and I’m pleased we are able to reward that.”
Both players will be available for this weekend’s game against Western Sydney Wanderers at Pirtek Stadium.
Sydney currently sit in fifth position on the league table, one point behind fourth placed Welllington Phoenix.comments