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Smeltz eyeing team success after penning new Sydney FC deal

by Tim McGlone

Sydney FC striker Shane Smeltz says the lure of winning trophies was the main reason for signing a new contract with the Sky Blues.

The 33-year old has agreed to a two year deal that will keep him at Allianz Stadium until the end of the 2016/17 season.

Smeltz has won a series of personal accolades during his eight year A-League career, including two Golden Boot awards and a Johnny Warren Medal as the A-League's best player in 2008/09. However, the striker is yet to claim any team silverware during his time Gold Coast United, Wellington Phoenix and Perth Glory and now Sydney.

"It's well known that I had other offers on the table but my aim is to win trophies and I believe with the squad this club is putting together for next season, I have the best chance of winning something here," the New Zealand international said.

"With the Asian Champions League coming up, another FFA Cup run and a fresh crack at the A-League it's going to be an enthralling season.

"It's going to be a very exciting couple of years and I'm very happy I'll be a part of it."

Smeltz is the A-League's second all-time leading goal-scorer with his 85 goals behind only Melbourne Victory's Archie Thompson.

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