During the off-season Sydney FC are looking at the league in numbers as we highlight the statistics of some of our key players throughout our record breaking 2014/15 Hyundai A-League season.
After an early season spell on the sidelines following injury and illness, Sydney FC defender Matthew Jurman went on to establish himself as a key member of Head Coach Graham Arnold’s record breaking squad in the Hyundai A-League 2014/15 season.
Playing a total of 17 games for 1264 minutes over the course of the campaign, Jurman played in 14 of the Sky Blues 15 post Asian Cup matches, forming a strong partnership with injury replacement player Jacques Faty. It was a combination that proved crucial during the Sky Blues run to the Grand Final with Jurman adept as both a left sided and central defender.
In defence, Jurman made 108 clearances, winning 17 out of his 20 attempted tackles, while also making a total of 32 interceptions.
The 25 year old finished the season with a 76.7% passing accuracy from a total of 529 attempted passes. Holding an 88% pass accuracy in his own half, Jurman also proved lively going forward as he created two chances and made a total of six open play crosses.
After scoring his first ever Hyundai A-League goal during the 2013/14 season, Jurman again got his name on the scoresheet this season as he rifled in a powerful effort from the edge of the box against his former club Brisbane Roar.
Playing the full 90 minutes in Sydney FC’s Grand Final defeat, Jurman endeared himself to fans by recovering from an early elbow from Besart Berisha to complete the match with five stitches above his eye.
In reward for his displays this season, Jurman signed a new two year contract in June keeping at the club until the end of the 2016/17 season.
“Matt worked very hard to come back to full fitness and the results showed in his performances in the past few months,” said Sydney FC Head Coach Graham Arnold.
“He is an excellent professional and his game is improving all of the time. He will continue to be a vital player for us and I look forward to enjoying success with him in the future.”
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