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Coasting : Issue 14 August 2010
5 www.coastingtoday.com.au C E Terrigal inTop3 Matt Simon has seen more of the world than most, having travelled to more than a dozen countries. So when he rates the Central Coast highly, people listen. In fact, he reckons many locals don't fully appreciate how good they've got it. "I've been to 14 countries and seen a lot of places, but Terrigal would have to be in the Top 3," Simon said. "I've always loved Terrigal, and it's hard to find a nicer place in the world on a sunny day." 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But Mariners manager Lawrie McKinna had seen enough in the tall striker to make an approach. "Lawrie asked me to come in and offered me a four-week contract during the pre-season," Simon said. Rain ruined what Simon thought would be his audition period, and the Mariners never played a game in the four weeks. But Simon was not deterred. "Lawrie came back and offered me a seven- day contract. I did pretty well, and he ended up giving me a four-week extension." Simon was in. Tough initiation By his own admission, Simon had a less- than-spectacular start to his A-League career. "In my first year I came off the bench a lot. It was a tough year, and I never scored a goal," he said. Simon was just 20, and sitting in a dressing room alongside such accomplished players as Socceroos Tony Vidmar and John Aloisi was daunting. "These are players that you've watched all your life on TV," Simon said. The entire A-League show was an eye-opener, in fact. "There was a lot of pressure and a lot of media attention which I wasn't used to," he said. But he kept working hard. Kept believing. Kept turning up. "Then, in my second [full] season, I started scoring a lot of goals," Simon said smiling. It was season 2008/09, and he found the net 11 times in 21 appearances. "I always knew in my mind I was good enough to play at this level. And as soon as I scored my first goal, I knew it would be all good." And it was. In season 2009/10, Simon would knock in a further seven goals from 25 matches. Moving on up Scoring goals is the first box you're looking to tick when assessing a striker. But with Simon, it's often what he does off the ball, and off the score sheet, that makes a difference. Simon is the sort of player who makes his living by making an extra effort. Sometimes it's about running into space to give a team-mate another option to pass to, when there seems to be nothing doing. Other times, it's about dashing that extra 20 metres to chase an opposition pass, when there seems little chance of stealing possession. And sometimes it's about staying on his feet in a scrap, and having eyes only for the ball when other players might take a soft tumble and squeal for a free kick. It's an approach that has resulted in a lot of goals for the Mariners. "Well, it's my job for one," he says. "But I love my job. And I want to give my all. Also, football is a tactical game and you need to be moving into space to give your team-mates some options. "Besides, football's a strange game. If the ball's there, anything can happen." Sure, anything can happen, but you have to turn up to take advantage. WORLD CLASS: Terrigal on a sunny day. Picture by Phillip Hearne. Up, up and away • Matt Simon made 10 appearances for the Qantas Under-23 Australian team in 2008, scoring five goals. • He scored a hat-trick in the team's 3-1 win over Ireland in an Intercontinental Cup match at Kuala Lumpur. He described the hat-trick as a turning point in his career, and the springboard for his bumper A-League season in front of goal. • He represented at the China Olympics, and was a member of the Australian team defeated 1-nil by the Ivory Coast. • In 2009, Simon graduated to the Socceroos, playing as striker for Australia in its games against Indonesia and Kuwait. CHASER: Matt Simon exchanges pleasantries with Newcastle Jets goal-keeper Ante Covic in the 2007/08 grand-final in Sydney. Picture by Phillip Hearne. SPIRIT: Matt Simon celebrates a win over Perth Glory after a tough night at the office in Canberra last season. Picture by Stefan Postles/Getty Images.
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