Matt Simon

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Matt Simon
Matt Simon.jpg
Simon playing for Central Coast Mariners in 2008
Personal information
Full name Matthew Blake Simon
Date of birth (1986-01-22) 22 January 1986 (age 28)
Place of birth Sydney, Australia
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Central Coast Mariners
Number 19
Youth career
Wyoming
East Gosford
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2006 Central Coast Lightning 35 (8)
2006–2012 Central Coast Mariners 114 (36)
2012–2013 Jeonnam Dragons 6 (0)
2013– Central Coast Mariners 21 (2)
National team
2008 Australia U-23 10 (5)
2009 Australia 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16 March 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 27 April 2013

Matthew Simon (born 22 January 1986 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia) is a football (soccer) player who plays as a striker for A-League side Central Coast Mariners.

Club career[edit]

Central Coast Mariners[edit]

He was added to the Mariners' squad in the week leading up to their 2006 Pre-Season Cup play-off against Newcastle Jets. Simon was then brought back to the squad after Nik Mrdja suffered a heel injury before the round 19 clash against Newcastle. He starred for the Central Coast Lightning during their 2006 NSW Winter Super League campaign. Simon had a solid 07-08 season with the Mariners despite not scoring any goals. In the first league game for the 08-09 season Simon immediately broke his duck and scored off a header that would prove to be the start of his wonderful season.

After a successful 08-09 season, in January 2009, He was offered a 2-year contract by Major League Soccer club Colorado Rapids but turned it down citing his preference to remain in Australia with the possibility of playing in Europe in the future. Later in the year, he extended his contract with Central Coast Mariners, staying with the club until 2012.[1]

Move to South Korea[edit]

On 30 December 2011 it was announced that he had signed a three-year contract worth $400,000 per year to play for K-League side Jeonnam Dragons.[2] It was later announced that Jeonnam Dragons paid a transfer fee of $170,000 to acquire the player.[3]

Return to Central Coast Mariners[edit]

On 16 May 2013 it was announced that he had re-signed with the Mariners.

International career[edit]

Following a brilliant display for the Olyroos in the Intercontinental Cup, including a hat-trick against the Republic of Ireland in the semi-finals,[4] Simon received a call-up to the Australian National Team by manager Pim Verbeek for the World Cup Qualifiers against Iraq.[5]

International appearances
# Date Opponent Score Result Competition Game time Match Report
1 29 January 2009  Indonesia 0-0 Draw 2011 AFC Asian Cup qualification Substituted in 56' Report
2 5 March 2009  Kuwait 0–1 Loss 2011 AFC Asian Cup qualification Full game Report

Career statistics[edit]

(Correct as of 15 May 2013)

Club Season Division League Cup Asia Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Central Coast Mariners
2006–07 A-League 3 0 1 0 - - 4 0
2007–08 20 0 1 1 - - 21 1
2008–09 21 11 - - 4 2 25 13
2009–10 25 7 - - - - 25 7
2010–11 31 11 - - - - 31 11
2011–12 14 7 - - - - 14 7
Jeonnam Dragons 2012 K-League 6 0 1 0 - - 7 0
2013 0 0 0 0 - - 0 0
Central Coast Mariners 2013–14 A-League 25 2 - - 4 0 29 2
2014–15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 145 38 3 1 8 2 156 41

Honours[edit]

With Central Coast Mariners:

Personal Honours:

References[edit]

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