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Dec 24, 2008   |  7:08PM AET

Christmas bonus for Sydney custodian

Christmas bonus for Sydney custodian

After biding his time on the sidelines, injury opened the door for Ivan Necevski earlier this-season, and that 6 week period in Sydney FC’s goal has paid a Christmas dividend for the 28-year-old custodian who today signed an extension on his contract with the Hyundai A-League club.

After biding his time on the sidelines, injury opened the door for Ivan Necevski earlier this-season, and that 6 week period in Sydney FC-s goal has paid a Christmas dividend for the 28-year-old custodian who today signed an extension on his contract with the Hyundai A-League club.

Following a stint with the Newcastle Jets, Necevski joined the Sky Blues from Blacktown City in 2007 and he-s happy to have his future finalised.

“I-m glad it-s sorted out and I-m looking forward to finishing off this year on a high and going into next year, and rebuilding again,” said Necevski.

“I think Ivy-s a really solid keeper,” added Sydney FC Coach, John Kosmina. “He-s only signed for a year but he-s happy with that and he-s happy to stay and I-m happy to have him here, he-s a really good athlete.”

Necevski was impressive when given his opportunity to start, but after relinquishing his spot to a fully-fit Clint Bolton, the gloveman plans to keep the pressure on Sydney-s first-choice keeper.

“It was a bit disappointing a couple of weeks ago to go back to the bench, but hopefully things will change over the next couple of weeks and I can see out the rest of the season in the sticks,” he said.

“It-s really good for me to have someone like Clint there. We can sort of work against each other and have good competition for that number one spot.”

Necevski will be hoping for a recall to the starting side when Sydney FC returns to the Telstra Dome on Saturday for its crucial Hyundai A-League clash with arch-rivals, the Melbourne Victory.