Matt Simon has signed a new one-year deal with Sydney FC, who he believes can win silverware in the new season.
The former Australia international striker scored three goals in his 20 games for the Sky Blues last season, despite spending much of the campaign struggling with a rib injury.
It was a disappointing domestic campaign for Graham Arnold's side, who failed to make the Finals Series, but Simon, who started five of their Asian Champions League matches, feels the relative success they had in that competition bodes well for 2016-17.
The 30-year-old said: "I think we showed in the AFC Champions League at the end of last season we are a club capable of matching it with the best.
"I feel we are a squad who has a lot more to give in the A-League this season and, with the new additions to the squad, we've got a great shot at silverware."
Simon made his name with Central Coast Mariners at the start of his A-League career, where he scored 36 goals in 114 games.
He helped the Mariners win the premiership in 2007-08, and spent his last two seasons in Gosford with Arnold as his coach.
The Sky Blues boss said of Simon, who is eighth on the all-time A-League goalscorers list: "Matt's power, muscle and ability to cause headaches for defenders was hugely evident last season."
Sydney FC, who are 2/5 to win the Grand Final, thrashed Earlwood Wanderers 12-0 in the opening game of their pre-season campaign.
Filip Holosko scored four goals, all inside the opening 20 minutes, while Academy player Mani Gonzalez notched a hat-trick.
Sydney FC are 21/20 to win their first A-League game of the season against Western Sydney, who are 5/2 with the draw 12/5.
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