Jonas Salley

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Jonas Salley
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Personal information
Full name Gyawe Jonas Salley
Date of birth (1982-03-16) 16 March 1982 (age 35)
Place of birth Côte d'Ivoire
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Central midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2001 Sirocco FC
2001–2004 Séwé Sport
2004–2005 Africa Sports National
2006 South Melbourne 9 (1)
2006–2007 New Zealand Knights 15 (0)
2007 Sydney FC 1 (0)
2007 Sunshine George Cross 9 (0)
2007–2009 Adelaide United 31 (0)
2009–2010 Shaanxi Chanba 56 (1)
2011 Chengdu Blades 25 (0)
2011–2012 Gold Coast United 12 (0)
2012 Shanghai Shenxin 28 (3)
2013–2014 Guizhou Renhe 58 (0)
2015–2016 Nei Mongol Zhongyou 35 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22 October 2016.

Gyawe Jonas Salley (born 16 March 1982 in Côte d'Ivoire) is a former Ivorian-Australian footballer, who last played for Hohhot Zhongyou in China League One.

Early life[edit]

Salley moved to Australia to escape from the civil and government problems of his home country in 2006.

Club career[edit]

He first played at Mill Park Soccer Club, where his outstanding performances were noticed within a very short time. He was eventually signed up to play with Victorian Premier League side South Melbourne.

He was then signed by A-League club New Zealand Knights in 2006. Salley was a fan favourite at the Knights for his high work rate and quality passes. Despite being injured for a large part of the season, he made a huge impact for the team on his return with his strength and fitness.

As the Knights folded at the end of the A-League 2006-07 season, Salley signed with Sydney FC on a short-term contract as cover for their finals campaign. He made one appearance for Sydney FC before they were eliminated. He chose not to stay at the club after his short-term contract, and then played briefly for Sunshine George Cross FC.

On 13 March 2007, it was announced that Salley was signing for Adelaide United on a 2-year deal.[1][2] Despite being an Australian citizen, Salley was ruled to be a foreign player under new FIFA amendments stating that a player must reside in country for a minimum of five years before local status is obtained. This meant he was ineligible to play in the 2008 AFC Champions League as Adelaide listed Brazilians Cássio, Cristiano and Diego as their three foreign players.[3]

He stated that he was ready to leave the club because of the lack of game time at Adelaide, during the 2008/2009 season:

"For me I need to move on," Salley told the Adelaide Advertiser. "I've already made up my mind. I don't know what's going on. I was looking forward to playing here but it doesn't look like it's going to happen and that's the way it is. I'm here just training, training, I don't know what I'm here for. I haven't spoken to anyone about it. For me it's not the best way, if you're not going to use someone tell him why he's not playing." [4]

After many weeks of speculation the Ivorian born Salley, was released by the club on 20 January 2009. In March 2009, Salley signed with Chinese Super League club Shaanxi Chanba on a free transfer.[5]

Returning to Australia, Salley signed an emergency injury replacement deal on loan with A-League club Gold Coast United. The Queensland club will be looking to sign him on a permanent deal when they find room within the salary cap.[6][7]

As Gold Coast struggled with injuries leading up to their game against Melbourne Heart in February 2012 it was revealed Salley had defected, signing a lucrative contract with a Chinese Super League team.[8]

In January 2013, Salley signed with Chinese Super League club Guizhou Renhe on a free transfer.

In January 2015, Salley signed with China League One club Hohhot Zhongyou.[9]

On February 18 2017, Salley was forced into retirement due to a knee injury.[10]

International career[edit]

Salley became an Australian citizen in 2008. He married his sweetheart Azra in 2010. The couple are the parents of two girls - Nahla, 5, and Ayla, 2.[11]

Career statistics[edit]

(Correct as 22 October 2016)

Club Season League1 Cup International2 Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
South Melbourne 2006 9 1 0 0 0 0 9 1
New Zealand Knights 2006–07 10 0 5 0 0 0 15 0
Sydney FC 2006–07 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Adelaide United 2007–08 17 0 5 0 0 0 22 0
2008–09 14 0 3 0 6 0 23 0
Shaanxi Chanba 2009 29 0 0 0 0 0 29 0
2010 27 1 0 0 0 0 27 1
Chengdu Blades 2011 25 0 0 0 0 0 25 0
Gold Coast United 2011–12 12 0 0 0 0 0 12 0
Shanghai Shenxin 2012 28 3 1 0 0 0 28 3
Guizhou Renhe 2013 28 0 4 0 6 0 38 0
2014 30 0 1 0 5 0 36 0
Nei Mongol Zhongyou 2015 27 1 1 0 0 0 28 1
2016 8 0 1 0 0 0 9 0
Total 302 6

1 - includes A-League final series statistics
2 - includes FIFA Club World Cup statistics; AFC Champions League statistics are included in season commencing after group stages (i.e. 2008 ACL in 2008-09 A-League season etc.)

Honours[edit]

Guizhou Renhe

References[edit]

  1. ^ Adelaide United Transfer - TWG
  2. ^ Jonas Salley article - TWG
  3. ^ Salley out of ACL Knockout Stage
  4. ^ http://au.fourfourtwo.com/news/91345,salley-what-am-i-here-for.aspx
  5. ^ http://www.tribalfootball.com/salley-signs-chinese-club-shaanxi-chanba-231998/
  6. ^ Davutovic, David; Bernard, Grantley (22 November 2011). "Salley primed to face Victory". Herald Sun. Retrieved 22 November 2011. 
  7. ^ "Jonas Salley Signs For Gold Coast United". FourFourTwoAustralia. 22 November 2011. Retrieved 25 February 2012. 
  8. ^ "Youth answer United's crisis call". goldcoast.co.au. 14 February 2012. Retrieved 25 February 2012. 
  9. ^ 中甲新军宣布落户呼和浩特 人和外援萨利将加盟 at sports.sohu.com 2015-01-05 Retrieved 2015-01-05
  10. ^ Migliaccio, Val. "Adelaide United fan favourite Gyawe Jonas Salley forced into retirement through injury". The Advertiser. News Corporation. Retrieved 21 February 2017. 
  11. ^ Migliaccio, Val. "Adelaide United fan favourite Gyawe Jonas Salley forced into retirement through injury". The Advertiser. News Corporation. Retrieved 21 February 2017. 

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