Melbourne Victory is pleased to announce goalkeeper Matt Acton has put pen to paper on a new multi-year contract.
Acton signed a three-year deal which will see him remain in the navy-blue until the end of season 2022/23.
The 28-year-old made a successful return from shoulder surgery last season, pulling on the gloves in the club’s final five games of the 2019/20 campaign.
Acton said he is looking forward to repaying the faith the club had shown in him under new Head Coach, Grant Brebner.
“It’s very exciting to recommit with the club for a further three years. To pull on the gloves for Victory is extremely rewarding and gives me great pride,” Acton said.
“The support the club has shown me, from the moment I walked in the doors back in 2016 but especially when I hurt my shoulder, has been fantastic. Everyone stood by me and have shown a lot of faith in me to get back to my best.
“Every time I get the opportunity to run out in front of our members and fans, it gives me a great buzz. If we put in the hard work, hopefully we can bring success back to the club over the next three years. That is something I am really focused on.”
Head Coach, Grant Brebner, said Acton’s character and drive makes him an important and valuable member of the squad.
“We’re extremely pleased to have re-signed Matt for a further three years, he understands the culture, standards and expectations that come when you walk through the doors at Melbourne Victory,” Brebner said.
“Matt is extremely professional in the way he approaches his preparation and performance, and he’s a wonderful person to have around the dressing room.
“Last season demonstrated Matt’s commitment, he worked through his rehabilitation, got back on the training track and was ready to step up and take the gloves for the last five games of the season. It’s a true sign of Matt’s character and commitment to our club.”
Acton signed with Victory for the 2016/17 Hyundai A-League season and has played 14 games for the club.
He was a member of Brisbane Roar’s 2013/14 Championship-winning squad and represented Australia at U-20 level.