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Matt Simon reveals reason for Mariners’ return amid captaincy honour

Central Coast recruit Matt Simon has revealed why he moved from glamour club Sydney FC to return to the Mariners this season.

Simon debuted for Central Coast in the A-League in 2006 – before moving overseas and then spending four seasons at the Sky Blues including during their record-breaking run.

The 32-year-old who has also played two matches for the Socceroos said the opportunity to play more minutes was a key factor in his return home.

“It’s a huge honour to be named captain of the club this year,” Simon said.

“I’m usually one to talk a fair bit on the field anyway.

“But just going forward, I’ll make sure the performances I put in week in, week out will lead the team around the park.”

Simon – who is the club’s all-time leading goal scorer – was also announced as the Mariners captain earlier his week.

“It was one of the reasons to come home,” Simon said.

“Obviously every player wants to play as much as they can.

“I understood my role at Sydney FC and that was to come off the bench as an impact player.

“It’s quite hard to put your hand up to ask to start when you’ve got Bobo and Brosquey (Alex Brosque) – a future Hall of Famer at the club playing and doing well every single week.

“I quite enjoyed my role there, but now it’s an opportunity to play a bit more and again you have to be performing well to get picked every week and I’m looking to do that this year.”

Central Coast play Brisbane Roar on Sunday in their A-League opener.


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