Sydney throw Simon a lifeline

Sydney FC have thrown a lifeline to striker Matt Simon, signing the fomer Central Coast Mariners stalwart to a one-year deal. 

Simon, who is a free agent, penned a contract with the Sky Blues on Monday afternoon, a deal which will see him reunited with former Mariners boss Graham Arnold.

The towering target man has been on a two-week trial with the club and scored and assisted in their recent 5-1 pre-season victory against Macarthur Rams. 

"I'm excited to have signed for Sydney FC and I'm hugely thankful to have been given the opportunity by the club," Simon said.

"Last season was a tough year, I missed all of pre-season due to personal reasons and had a couple of injuries towards the end of the year, so was disappointed to be released.

"I see this as a fresh start and with a full pre-season under my belt, I'm confident I can produce my best form playing for one of Australia's premier clubs.

"Competing for three trophies, including the Asian Champions League was a huge lure in joining Sydney FC and I can't wait to play in front of their fantastic Members and fans at Allianz Stadium." 

The 29-year-old has made over 150 appearances in the A-League and is the Mariners' record scorer with 45 goals. He spent eight seasons with the Gosford outfit before being released at the end of the last campaign which saw the Mariners finish 8th.

Arnold praised the signing and said he was pleased to have Simon within the Sky Blues ranks.

"Matt is quality player and has exceptional personal attributes as well.  He gives us something completely different to what we already have up front and he has done extremely well for us in the last two weeks.  

"He is aggressive and strong, his attitude is first class and I'm sure he'll be a success at Sydney FC this season.

"Competing across three competitions this year we need depth across all parts of the field and I'm confident he will complement our squad."

Simon will go straight into the Sky Blues squad to face Sorrento FC in the Westfield FFA Cup on Wednesday night (kick off 8.30pm AEDT), alongside youngster Max Burgess who returns as part of the Cup squad and the Foxtel National Youth League competition following a brief spell at the Newcastle Jets at the end of season 2014/15.