Sydney FC have fought off interest from other clubs to secure the signature of striker Shane Smeltz for another two years.
The former Golden Boot had interest from Asia but decided to stick with the harboursiders in their pursuit of silverware.
Despite limited opportunities in 2014/15, Smeltz bagged eight goals in 21 appearances – 12 of them off the bench.
The news is good for Sydney fans after the club broke with the league's highest goal scorer, Marc Janko.
“I’m thrilled and excited to be staying with Sydney for another two seasons and I’m looking forward to seeing this squad build on what has been a successful year,” the Kiwi international said.
“It’s well known that I had other offers on the table but my aim is to win trophies and I believe with the squad this club is putting together for next season, I have the best chance of winning something here.
“With the Asian Champions League coming up, another FFA Cup run and a fresh crack at the A-League it’s going to be an enthralling season.”
Battling injuries before he arrived in Sydney, the 33-year-old has credited the Sky Blues with getting his game back on track and will now be available for Sydney's blockbuster clashes with EPL giants Chelsea and Tottenham.
Smeltz added: “I’m pleased to be working with Arnie, the coaching staff and the other players for another two years as well.
“It’s going to be a very exciting couple of years and I’m very happy I’ll be a part of it.”
Having already re-signed Senegalese Internationals Mickael Tavares and Jacques Faty for next season, and added youngsters Andrew Hoole and Brandon O’Neill to the squad, coach Graham Arnold said he was feeling extremely positive about the future.
“Shane is a top quality striker and a first class goal-scorer and I’m delighted he has agreed to stay with the club,” he said.
“We are in the process of building something big here at Sydney FC and with the prospects of Asian Champion League football coming here next season, it’s already beginning to feel exciting.
“Shane had a difficult 12 months before he came to us but has progressed well over this year and we believe he is now back to his best.”
Smeltz is the A-League’s second all-time leading goal-scorer having scored 85 goals in his eight year career. He has played 51 times for his country scoring 23 times.
He has won the Johnny Warren Medal for the Hyundai A-League’s best player once and the A-League Golden Boot twice.comments