Rostyn Griffiths has signed a one-year contract extension with Mumbai City FC. Extending his time with the Islanders through the end of the 2023–24 season.
Mumbai City’s incredibly successful season last year, when they broke all previous records to win the Indian Super League Winners’ Shield 2022–23, was greatly influenced by the 35-year-old. He has 28 tackles, 14 interceptions, and 43 clearances in 17 games during his first season with the Islanders. The Australian centre back stood out. In a thrilling 2-2 draw early in the season with ATK Mohun Bagan, he also scored a pivotal goal.
Griffiths was an important part of Mumbai City’s staunch defence. That allowed only 21 goals in 20 games and enabled the Islanders boast one of the league’s best defensive records.
Griffiths is an English native. He began his professional career with Blackburn Rovers. Before moving to Australia to play for Adelaide United, North Queensland Fury, and Central Coast Mariners. He then had stints with Pakhtakor Tashkent (Uzbekistan), Roda JC (Netherlands). Moreover played for Perth Glory (Australia), and Guangzhou City (China), where he had considerable success. Griffiths joined fellow CFG team Mumbai City FC in July of last year. After spending four years with Melbourne City FC in the A-League. When he once again worked with head coach Des Buckingham.
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Rostyn Griffiths said:
“Extending my contract with Mumbai City excites me. Being a part of this championship-winning team has been an absolute privilege. We had an exceptional season last year and I am eager to take on the challenge of replicating it next season, especially with the AFC Champions League on the horizon. We have a nice mix of youth and experience at our Club, and everyone is working together to build something special. The support from the fans has been terrific and their unwavering dedication is something I truly cherish and enjoy about being at this Club. I’m happy to be able to continue on this journey and I’m looking forward to making more memories with the Mumbai City family.”
Des Buckingham, Head Coach, Mumbai City FC said:
“Having someone like Rostyn Griffiths in our team vitally important. His experience and versatile skillset make him an invaluable member of our group. Rostyn is a mentor to many of our younger players, and his guidance and leadership have been instrumental in their development so far. To be able to have Rostyn on board was an important building block towards success next season and I am delighted to be able to continue working with him.”
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