Matildas striker Kyah Simon will call Industree Group Stadium home after signing to play with the Central Coast Mariners in their debut season of the Liberty A-League women’s premiership.
Simon, 32, who was a member of the Matildas squad that progressed to the semi-finals of FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023, joins the club from women’s Super League team Tottenham Hotspur, having spent two seasons at the famous English club.
Simon boasts serious international experience, having featured for the Matildas 111 times, scoring 29 goals along the way.
She has been selected in three FIFA Women’s World Cup squads, including the most recent 2023 edition on home soil, as well as taking part in two Olympic Games.
Simon’s signing adds another spotlight on a massive opening game for the Central Coast Mariners in the Liberty A-League . . . a monster F3 Derby against Newcastle Jets at Industree Group Stadium on Saturday 14 October (5pm kick-off).
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A proud Indigenous woman, Simon is extremely excited to be wearing the Yellow and Navy this season, ready for a huge campaign in Mariners colours.
“I’m really pleased to have signed for Central Coast and to be back here in Australia playing in the A-League,” Simon said.
“Mariners being my first A-League club in the inaugural season . . . they’ve always held a special place in my heart and it’s a real full circle moment for me.
“The closer I came to this decision, the more it felt right for a number of reasons, coming off a really difficult 10 or so months it was a priority of mine to be somewhere I felt supported and to be in an environment surrounded by the best medical care and the fantastic resources at Industree Group Stadium.
“I can’t wait to get out on the pitch with the girls and hopefully can help the team in any way I can in making this season a special and memorable one.”
Mariners Head Coach Emily Husband is thrilled to have the striker on board, seeing Simon as a very positive addition heading into the new season.
“The versatility and quality Kyah possesses as a forward, who has experience in some of the best leagues in women’s football, is an exciting signing for us,” Husband said.
“Her international career speaks for itself as she has scored in both the Olympic Games and World Cups.
“To bring that experience and proven ability to score in big moments to the Central Coast is excellent.
“Kyah has a fantastic character, and she will make an immediate impact on the group.”
Simon began her professional footballing career at the Central Coast Mariners, scoring five goals in nine appearances. The striker then moved to Sydney FC, while later playing in the A- League women’s competition for Melbourne City.
In total, Simon has played 108 A-League women’s matches including six Grand Finals, scoring 50 goals and winning four A-League Championships. She has also won both the Julie Dolan Medal and the competitions Golden Boot.
Simon has an extensive resume in domestic football overseas, playing seven seasons in the US for both the Boston Breakers and Houston Dash.
Following her stint in America, Simon moved to Europe, joining Dutch giants PSV. In her sole season with the club, they finished second in the Eredivisie, before she secured a contract in the women’s Super League with Tottenham Hotspur.
The forward scored three goals in 16 appearances for the club, before a serious injury ended her time with the North London outfit.
Simon now returns to where it all began, signing with the Central Coast Mariners ahead of the upcoming campaign.
North Construction & Building, who are an inaugural sponsor of the A-League Women’s team and have Simon as their player ambassador, are thrilled to have someone of the striker’s quality on the Central Coast and are excited to work with her.
“We are thrilled to continue our close connection with the Central Coast Mariners as a Foundation and Executive Partner of their women’s professional team playing in the Liberty A-League Women’s competition,” said Matthew Cook, North Construction & Building Managing Director.
“This is made even more special by having Kyah as our Workforce Development Ambassador for our NSW Government Women in Construction Industry Innovation Program grant.
“We cannot wait to see what the team can do on the field and what Kyah can do off the field to inspire women to consider a career in our industry.”