Central Coast to release Simon

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fan favourite Matt Simon has been told he will not be given a new contract following the end of this season.

The striker, who was born in the Central Coast region, has played most of his professional career with the club, excluding a 17-month stint with K-League side Jeonnam Dragons, where he made just six appearances.

Speaking to The Australian, 28-year-old Simon said the outcome after weeks of negotiating a new contract with a club he loves was “pretty disappointing.”

“I always thought,” Simon continued, “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.

“But, it won’t be. The club told me today that I won’t fit into their plans for moving ahead next season.

“We were talking about a new deal eight weeks ago, but that then got put on hold because of the issues at the club. Now I am told there is nothing here for me.

“I knocked back a couple of opportunities at the time and now I am left to try and sort something of my career.”

The decision follows a string of other changes made by the club, including former head coach Phil Moss stepping down from his role and the inclusion of club captain John Hutchinson as part of the first team coaching staff.

“To see what has happened to this club really hurts,” said the former Australian U23 international. “The last six months have been really tough. It is not the club we have all come to love and know.

“There are a lot of unhappy people. It shouldn’t be that way.”

Simon will continue to train with the club until the end of his current contract in May.