Sydney FC has announced its list of retained players for the Hyundai A-League 2015/16 season and it includes no fewer than eleven of the team that represented the Sky Blues in the Hyundai A-League 2014/15 Grand Final.
Striker Shane Smeltz and defender Matthew Jurman have both recently signed new two year contracts, while Senegalese internationals Mickael Tavares and Jacques Faty have also extended their deals with the club.
The list also includes the additions of 21 year old new signings Andrew Hoole and Brandon O’Neill.
“I’m delighted we have been able to keep the vast majority of this season’s Grand Final squad together and with a few more additions I think we are building towards a very exciting and successful 2015/16 Hyundai A-League season,” said Head Coach Graham Arnold.
“We’ve seen from our performances against Chelsea and Tottenham that we have some very good players at the club and some highly talented youngsters which is hugely promising for next season.
“We also still have a number of spots available, including one for an international marquee, which bodes well for the future. With an Asian Champions League campaign ahead of us we are going to need to recruit well but I believe we have a fantastic foundation for the year ahead.
“I’d like to thank those players who are leaving us for their service to the club and hope they continue to be successful in their careers.”
Sydney FC would also like to express its thanks and gratitude to the players who leave the club after the conclusion of the Hyundai A-League 2014/15 season and we wish them all the best for the future.
The retained list reads as follows:
2. Sebastian Ryall
5. Matthew Jurman
6. Nikola Petkovic
9. Shane Smeltz
13. Christopher Naumoff
14. Alex Brosque
16. Alex Gersbach
17. Terry Antonis
20. Vedran Janjetovic
22. Ali Abbas
23. Rhyan Grant
25. Aaron Calver
26. Jacques Faty
27. Mickael Tavares
29. George Blackwood
30. Anthony Bouzanis
35. Andrew Hoole
38. Brandon O’Neill
(Please note squad numbers are likely to change for the Hyundai A-League 2015/16 season).
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