Sydney FC have today announced a number of changes to their contracted squad for the upcoming Hyundai A-League 2016/17 season to kick off in October.
New signings Alex Wilkinson and Michael Zullo are on the list and are among a number of players who steered the Sky Blues to a historic AFC Champions League last 16 berth.
2015/16 golden boot winner Filip Holosko is included, along with fellow overseas players Milos Ninkovic and Milos Dimitrijevic, leaving two places open for new foreign players in the squad.
Head Coach Graham Arnold confirmed a number of new signings would be made in the off-season to the current list.
“I believe we have strong nucleus of players with which to build towards next season and re-fresh our squad,” he said.
“We will be bringing in a number of new signings which will help to improve our current squad and I’m confident and determined to see Sydney FC make a renewed challenge for silverware in the 2016/17 season. It is where this club belongs.”
Players leaving the club include goalkeepers Ivan Necevski and Anthony Bouzanis, defenders Zac Anderson, Riley Woodcock and Jacob Tratt, and front players Robert Stambolziev, Alex Mullen and Christopher Naumoff.
Their departures follow the earlier releases of Jacques Faty, Mickael Tavares and Ali Abbas.
“I’d like to thank all of our departing players for their efforts and service to Sydney FC this past season. Your contributions have been appreciated and I wish you all well in the next stage of your careers.”
Details are still being discussed and finalized with off contract players Alex Brosque and Matt Simon.
Sydney FC return to training in early July ahead of the Hyundai A-League 2016/17 season’s commencement in October and Westfield FFA Cup in August.
Sydney FC Players Currently Contracted For 2016/17:
1. Vedran Janjetovic
2. Sebastian Ryall
5. Matthew Jurman
7. Andrew Hoole
8. Milos Dimitrijevic
9. Shane Smeltz
10. Milos Ninkovic
13. Brandon O’Neill
17. David Carney
21. Filip Holosko
23. Rhyan Grant
24. George Blackwood
25. Aaron Calver
TBC. Alex Wilkinson
TBC. Michael Zullo
(Please note squad numbers are subject to change for the Hyundai A-League 2016/17 season.)