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Coasting : Issue 14 August 2010
central coast • new south wales COASTING COVER STORY 4 Central Coast Mariners star Matt Simon makes thing happen. Here is a footballer with a work ethic, a sense of obligation to his employer, workmates and customers, and a commitment to turning up. It's an approach that shows in the way he plays the game. And it shows in the events that led to him being picked up by the Mariners. Road to Bluetongue Simon kicked off his junior career with Terrigal United at age 6. He later linked up with Wyoming when his family moved house, and by age 11 he began to get a taste for representative football. He had a stint in Sydney with the Manly club, before returning to the Central Coast to link with East Gosford in the Central Coast Premier League, and the local representative team, the Central Coast Lightning. "It was nice to play at East Gosford," Simon recalled. "I was back home playing with my mates, winning most games and scoring a lot of goals." But there was another goal that soon began driving him. "I'd always wanted to be a professional footballer, and with the Mariners joining the A-League, I wanted to be a part of that." Simon took the tip to rejoin the Lightning who later played a practice game against the Mariners. It would prove a perfect opportunity LOCAL BOY: Matt Simon, 24, of Davistown, joined the Central Coast Mariners in 2006/07 while playing for Central Coast Lightning. Picture by Aaron Brown. As a home-grown Mariner, Matt Simon is a worthy poster boy for every Central Coast kid who kicks a soccer ball around for their local club and dreams of one day making it in the A-League. More than that, he is also the sort of employee that all bosses value. You see, in a world of pampered sports stars who strut around with a sense of entitlement, Simon is old school. Simon says By DAVID STEWART
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