May 22, 2015 11:33:02 UK
Jacques Faty is set to join his cousin Mickael Tavares in agreeing a new deal with Sydney FC.
The Senegalese pair impressed in the second half of the season with the Sky Blues, helping take them to their first Grand Final since 2010.
I feel very disappointed and I really want to stay here and make better for the next year.
Coach Graham Arnold had brought both players in on short-term contracts to the end of the season, but had indicated in the final weeks of the campaign he wanted to keep them at the club.
Tavares has inked a new two-year deal, while Faty is likely to follow suit within the next few days, having made ten appearances after signing as an injury replacement for veteran Sasa Ognenovski.
He started the Grand Final, but after he was forced off in the 19th minute with a hamstring injury the Sky Blues went on to lose 3-0 to Melbourne Victory.
The 31-year-old is likely to be the next player to resolve his future, while Arnold continues to grapple with the situation of Sydney’s other off-contract players.
Golden Boot winner Marc Janko has yet to be secured for next season and is keen to resolve his future ahead of an important year when he will go to Euro 2016 with Austria.
Veteran Shane Smeltz is similarly in limbo and so are Milos Dimitrijevic and Bernie Ibini.
Faty said after the decider: “My feeling is like ‘I cannot leave this team and go by the little door’. I feel very disappointed and I really want to stay here and make better for the next year.”
Tavares will stay with the club until the end of the 2016-17 campaign, having established himself as a key member of the Sky Blues midfield.
He made 12 starts, and his form drew praise from Arnold. “Mickael is a quality player and his attitude and application since he arrived in January have been fantastic,” said the coach.
“He has fitted seamlessly into our club and the quality he’s shown on the pitch has left me in no doubt about his importance to the team.”
The Sky Blues are 5.00 to win next season’s Grand Final, with the Victory 3.75 and Melbourne City 9.00.
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