Sim, Rode join new clubs

Sim left City for personal reasons last month, along with Latvian defender Renars Rode, who has signed with Rigas FS in his homeland.

Sydney United is a semi-professional club that competes in the second-tier of Australian football in the New South Wales section of the National Premier Leagues, essentially one step below the A-League.

"It's obviously a big club with a lot of history," Sim told FourFourTwo. "In recent years Sydney United 58 FC has been a dominant force in the NPL in both NSW and the NPL National final series. I have several ex-teammates there too."

Sim was a hit in Cape Town in the first half of the season, helping the side to the Telkom Knockout trophy.

But an injury kept him on the sidelines for a period and when he returned, he found it difficult to nail down a starting place. He asked to be released from his contract in January.

Rode will turn out for Rigas in 2017, ironically as a replacement for another former South African-based player, ex-Lamontville Golden Arrows and Ajax Cape Town centre-back Ritus Krjauklis, who has left the club to ply his trade in Malaysia.

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