Brazilian marquee parts ways with Phoenix

Wellington Phoenix and midfielder Gui Finkler have mutually agreed to terminate the Brazilian’s contract, the club confirmed on Friday. 

Finkler joined Phoenix ahead of of the 2016/2017 season and made 27 appearances for the club, scoring 7 goals. 

The former Victory midfielder struggled for game time under new Phoenix manager Darije Kalezic this season, making just four appearances for the campaign. 

Wellington Phoenix General Manager David Dome expressed his disappointment that it hadn’t worked out for the talented Brazilian.

“Gui is the type of player every club loves to have, both on and off the field,” said Dome. “As our marquee signing we had very high expectations with Gui.

“We’ve been blessed with a wealth of quality attacking midfielders in recent seasons but the club has to focus on balance across the whole playing roster.

“We’ve had some big conversations internally at the club in recent weeks and as disappointed as we are to see Gui go, it provides an opportunity to strengthen in areas we’re less well-resourced.”

Gui Finkler could cause Sydney FC's defence plenty of problems at Allianz Stadium.

 

Finkler said he is looking forward to the next chapter of a distinguished sixteen-year professional career.

“I’ve really enjoyed my time in Wellington,” said Finkler.

 "When I arrived I felt really welcomed by the playing group, they’re a great bunch of boys with good culture – it’s not always easy to find this at clubs.

“Obviously, this season hasn’t gone the way I planned, but these things happen sometimes in football. You always want to leave on a high but people who know me know my personality, know that I have always been a good professional.

“The club has been great with me from day one, so I’ll look back with happy memories of New Zealand and the Phoenix after my career. For now, I just want to get back to what I love doing.”

Gui Finkler returns for the Phoenix.