Star striker Roy Krishna has signed a new one-year-deal with Wellington Phoenix, the club confirmed on Thursday.
The Fijian captain is the club’s second all-time top goalscorer and could surpass Paul Ifill’s record of 33 goals on Saturday night when Phoenix take on Perth Glory at Westpac Stadium.
General Manager David Dome hailed the re-signing of Krishna as a coup for the club and its supporters.
“In a difficult season on the pitch Roy has been one of the standout performers for the club,” said Dome.
"And it’s a tremendous sign of his loyalty to the club and his fellow teammates that Roy has re-committed to the club.
“There has been plenty of speculation about both local and overseas clubs being eager to secure his services but both Roy and the club have pulled out all stops to ensure he remains a Phoenix player – we’re delighted that fans will get to see Roy in the yellow & black for at least another year.”
Dome also clarified Krishna's recent injury concerns which has seen the striker miss Phoenix's last three matches.
“Roy has always co-operated fully with the club’s requests in attending specialist appointments," Dome said.
“He was a chance to play last weekend and desperate to do so but from a medical and sport science perspective he would have been a high risk of re-injury given the reduced training loads over the last fortnight.”
For Krishna, the speculation was an unwelcome distraction from football and the striker is just happy to focus on the job ahead.
“I’m very happy to re-sign with the Phoenix,” said Krishna.
“I’d like to give thanks to my family, my manager and to all the loyal fans who have been giving me such lovely messages in the last few weeks.
“Wellington is like a second home to me. We needed to make a decision and now I can just get back to doing what I love and what I do best.”