Roy Krishna has become a New Zealand citizen, and with it has opened up an extra foreigner spot on the club’s roster; that is if he is around for the 2019-20 season.
The 31-year-old’s contract is due to expire at the close of the current A-League campaign and has yet to recommit to a new deal.
But speaking to the media on Wednesday, Krishna made clear that he would “love” to remain with the Phoenix moving forward.
Earlier this week, Goal Australia reported Krishna was looking to leave Wellington after what would be five years in black and yellow.
🎉 Congratulations to our amazing @RoyKrishna21 who has capped off a fantastic week by gaining his New Zealand Citizenship! Get in Roy!
— Wellington Phoenix (@WgtnPhoenixFC) December 5, 2018
But the Fijian-born flyer described departure murmurs – notably to Asia – as “total rubbish” with something of a chuckle in his voice.
“I would love to (extend my contract), but my main focus is to do well for this club,” Krishna said.
“I’ve got one more season and I want to do my best.”
The Nix will be tracking their first win since Round 1 when they visit Jubilee Stadium to take on Sydney FC on Saturday evening.
They currently sit ninth on the A-League table after the first six matches of Mark Rudan’s leadership.
Meanwhile, the Nix have revealed 43-year-old goalkeeper Ante Covic will come into their squad against Sydney FC as a short-term injury replacement.
Former Western Sydney Wanderer Covic will join Wellington for that one match while Filip Kurto recovers from concussion.
“He (Kurto) is recovering well and is looking to be out for only a week as he looks to return to 100% fitness,” a club statement read.
“We take head injuries extremely seriously and player’s welfare is our priority. We expect Filip to make a speedy recovery and considering we are in Sydney, experienced Goalkeeper Ante Covic will come in as short-term cover.”