Cox returns to UK to reunite with family

Simon Cox

Western Sydney Wanderers FC have today confirmed the departure of forward Simon Cox who is set to return to the United Kingdom to be reunited with his family.

Cox, who joined the Wanderers in January 2020, has made 27 appearances and scored five goals during his 16-month stint at the club.

The striker will be reunited with his family and newborn daughter at the end of this week and thanked the club for all their support in what has been a very tough period.

“It’s time for me to go home, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time here at the club and everyone who has supported me throughout my time at the club from Chairman Mr Paul Lederer, CEO John Tsatsimas, manager Carl Robinson, and the fans, I cannot thank you enough and my family cannot thank you enough,” said Cox.

“I had to make a really tough decision about staying here while my partner had a child back in the United Kingdom, which was to be honest the hardest decision my life. 

“I thought we would be able to get through to the end of the season and possibly Finals but that is now not possible. The last few weeks have been really tough.

“I sat down with the manager and we came to the decision that it’s now time for me to say goodbye.

“I’d like to say a special thanks to the players and everyone behind-the-scenes, I’ve made some great friends here. I loved my time here, I loved the country and I’ve had so much fun, but it’s now time for me to go home.”

Simon Cox

Western Sydney Wanderers head coach Carl Robinson understood Simon’s decision to be reunited with his family.

“Having my own family currently spread across the world, I understand and relate to what Simon has been going through over the last couple of months,” said Robinson.

“I would like to thank Simon for his professionalism and sacrifice made to the club over the last four months and wish him and his family all the best in whatever the future holds.”

Wanderers CEO John Tsatsimas thanked Simon for his commitment to the club over what has been a difficult last few months.

“It has been a very difficult last four months for Simon who has shown unwavering commitment to the Western Sydney Wanderers and the Western Sydney region,” said Tsatsimas.

“Simon, after making a massive sacrifice, has now made the decision to go home and be reunited with his family, something that we as a club fully support.

“On behalf of the entire Wanderers family, we wish Simon a safe trip home to his family and will be supporting him from afar in wherever his football and life journey takes him.”