Pablo Sánchez extends Adelaide stay

Adelaide United's Spanish forward Pablo Sánchez has committed to the Reds by signing a one-year contract extension with the club.

The extension will see Pablo Sánchez remain with the club until the end of the 2015/16 season at the least.

The 32-year-old joined the Reds in August 2014 from Spanish Segunda División club, Club Deportivo Lugo, and has enjoyed an excellent first season as an Adelaide United player.

So far in his time with the Reds, Pablo Sánchez has made a total of 27 competitive appearances – four in the inaugural Westifled FFA Cup and 23 in the Hyundai A-League, the latter of which seeing him score seven times.

After putting pen to paper on his new contract, Pablo Sánchez said that his mission since first wearing the United shirt was to always earn a contract extension, explaining his time in Adelaide has exceeded all of his initial expectations.

“I am so happy to re-sign and it was my objective since the first day that I wore the Reds shirt,” Pablo Sánchez said.

“I have played a good season and the club wanted to re-sign me. I have also been part of the good football that we are playing and I am happy for this.

“I have enjoyed everything about my first season here. We won the Westfield FFA Cup and we have stayed in the top half of the table the whole season.

“My teammates are amazing both professionally and personally and so is everyone in and around the club. This group is amazing and we are all friends. At the end, the group was the main reason for me to re-sign.

“When I first signed I expected good things, but the feeling once I came to Adelaide is better than what I could have ever expected.

“The fans are amazing and have always supported the team this season.”

Coach Josep Gombau was very pleased that Pablo Sánchez extended his contract with the Reds.

"Pablo has had a very good season and we are happy to have him here with us for the next season,” said Gombau.

"He is a versatile player that can play in different positions and can score goals as well. He is also a very respected team mate and adds a lot of value to the playing group. 

"So for all of these reasons we are very pleased that he has signed again.”