One of the team’s most experienced, yet unheralded members of the squad, Simon’s national team career is now in its tenth year.
The slightly-built Simon is the most-capped player in the Toa Aito ranks. Still only 29, the right-sided full-back has been a key figure throughout the current and previous FIFA World Cup™ campaign. He missed just one match at last year’s OFC Nations Cup - which doubled as both FIFA World Cup and FIFA Confederations Cup qualifying - with that outing being an inconsequential group match. Similarly he played in the first three matches of the third stage of Oceania qualifying, until such point as Tahiti’s tilt for Brazil 2014 had been extinguished.
Simon played some of his junior football in Moorea, turning to defence when he joined Tahitian powerhouse AS Pirae as a teenager. Capable of filling a role on the left side of the backline, Simon’s solid defensive skills and speed make him a valuable asset.
Following a long career with AS Pirae, and more recently AS Dragon, Simon has become one of French Polynesia’s most decorated players on the domestic stage. After winning the title again this season his silverware collection now contains an impressive six national titles (four with Pirae), and five national cups (four with Pirae).