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New contract

Zanzeer Singh
Friday, March 21, 2014

SIBERIA lad Roy Krishna signed a two-year contract with New Zealand based A-League franchise club Wellington Phoenix yesterday.

Krishna has been at the club since January as an injury replacement for Paul Ifill and revelled in a wide role in the controversial 2-all draw with Melbourne Heart on Sunday scoring his team's first goal.

"I've always dreamed of being a professional footballer and now that dream has come true," a beaming Krishna said in a media release.

"There is still a lot of work for me to do but with Ernie Merrick to guide me I'm confident I can do the job for him."

The Fijian international spent a month on trial with the Phoenix in 2010 but said former coach Ricki Herbert told him he was looking for a target man, which he definitely isn't.

"If you are a striker you expect to score goals and that one has taken some of the pressure off me," Krishna said.

"I don't care where I play so long as I am in the team. My preference is in the centre, but the system we are playing means I can use my speed out wide to get behind the defence.

"I guess I get more room out there than I would down the middle."

Krishna said stepping up from the ASB Championship to the A-League wasn't easy on his body, but is starting to adapt to the training regime.

"My body wasn't used to training every day but I'm now getting used to it," he said.

"I want to show what I can do in the next four games and then have a full pre-season to get in really good shape.

"Not only will that help my fitness but it will get me used to combinations with the other boys.

"They know how I play but I am still coming to terms with the way they do.

"The first priority though is to help the boys win the next four games and get into the finals."

Meanwhile Krishna is tipped to take out the Global Flight Centre/Fiji Football Association 2013 men's player of the year award at the annual presentation ceremony in Lautoka tomorrow.

The 26-year-old created history last year by becoming the first Fijian to score a goal in the FIFA Club World Cup in Morocco.

The awards will be held at the Tanoa Waterfront Hotel starting at 6.30pm.

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