Matthew Blake Simon started his senior career with Central Coast Lightning before joining Central Coast Mariners in 2006. He left the club in 2012 just to get back one year later and establishes himself as the Mariner’s all-time leading goal scorer.
Since making his debut in 2006, Simon featured 148 times in the A-League and found the back of the net in 41 occasions. His incredible passion, determination and hunger for goals earned him two Socceroos caps and an appearance at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. There are fewer stronger, more competitive players in the A-League than him.
Aside from a season in the K-League with Jeonnam Dragons during 2012/2013, Simon has played his whole career with the Gosford-based outfit and said it came as shock when he was told to find a new club. He was informed by Mariners stand-in coach and technical director Tony Walksley on Tuesday (17/3) that his contract would not be renewed at the end of the season.
Despite all the things 28-year-old striker has been giving to the club, Central Coast Mariners officially announced that the club will not be renewing Matt Simon’s contractbeyond the completion of the current A-League season. “The club told me that I won’t fit into their plans for moving ahead next season.”
The striker cannot hide his disappointment for being left devastated by the club and it was hard to take because he had been negotiating in good faiths with the club. “It’s pretty disappointing,” Simon told The Australian. “I always thought, apart from my stint in Korea, that I would be a one club player with the Mariners. I really wanted to finish my career here,” told the distraught forward. He is up to the rigors of playing professionally for up to five more seasons with the club, but the reality says different thing.
Previously, in January, Simon and the club were talking about a new deal, but that then got put on hold because of the issues at the club. He said he was hugely disappointed with what has been happening at the club over the past six months which “have been really tough.” According to him, there are a lot of unhappy people in Central Coast Mariners.
Simon will continue training and be available for selection until his contract expires in May. Currently the Mariners are without a full-time head coach, Phil Moss, since he was sacked earlier this month.
While Walmsley admitted that it is not an easy matter for the club, “a tough call, especially with a player that has done what he has at this club.” He added that it is likely Simon would be picked up by a rival club.