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Kyah Simon won’t return to Breakers in 2017

Simon will remain in Australia this season.

Stephanie Yang

Longtime Boston Breaker Kyah Simon will not return to the Boston Breakers in 2017.

“I love the city, the club, my teammates and most importantly the fans, but for me I need to put my personal needs first and make 2017 a year to freshen up here in Australia, to get my mind and body back to 100 percent health and fitness, and be ready for the next season,” Simon said via team press release.

Simon has been a forward for the Breakers since 2012, when she joined the team in WPSL Elite. She missed 2014 with a torn ACL, but returned for 2015 and ‘16, giving her 41 caps total for the Breakers. She had one goal and one assist in 17 games for Boston in 2016.

It seems Matt Beard was well-prepared to compensate for Simon’s absence, however, as he drafted a highly attacking class at the 2017 NWSL draft. Natasha Dowie won’t go begging for midfield support or a strike partner with Rose Lavelle, Morgan Andrews, Ifeoma Onumonu, Margaret Purce, and Hayley Dowd all lined up for this season, in addition to the team’s returning roster.

The Breakers still hold Simon’s rights for 2017.