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Simon to depart Central Coast Mariners for Chunnam Dragons

Matt Simon has reached an agreement with Korean club Chunnam Dragons and will depart Central Coast Mariners next week.

The 25-year old has signed a three-year deal with the K-League outfit and is looking forward to making the move after he makes his last two appearances for the Mariners on New Year's Eve and on January 4.

"It has always been a goal of mine to play overseas and this is an opportunity for me to take the next step in my career," Simon said.

"I've had a lot of great memories at the Mariners. I've loved playing for the Club and I've loved playing for the fans.

"Since the start of the A-League the fans have been great to me and I can't thank them enough. Hopefully I'll get to play for them again when my time overseas comes to an end."

Mariners coach Graham Arnold backed the move of Simon as he feels it is a great opportunity for the striker who has netted more than 30 goals in just over 100 A-League appearances.

"I think it's a great reward for a great bloke, a great Clubman and a fantastic footballer for the Mariners," Arnold said.

"Matty was coming off contract and he's received a great offer from Korea. It's a wonderful opportunity for him."

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Andrew Slevison
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