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Roy Krishna To Reveal New Club Tomorrow

Reports have strongly linked the Fijian captain to a club in South Korea, a destination Krishna reportedly preferred over significant offers from the Phoenix and other A-League teams
17 Jun 2019 16:59
Roy Krishna To Reveal New Club Tomorrow
Roy Krishna in action for Wellington Phoenix.

Roy Krishna is set to announce his next destination tomorrow, where he hopes to challenge himself and grow beyond the Oceania region.

The rumour mill has been on overdrive ever since Krishna announced last month he would be leaving the Wellington Phoenix, having spent five years at the A-league club.

Reports have strongly linked the Fijian captain to a club in South Korea, a destination Krishna reportedly preferred over significant offers from the Phoenix and other A-League teams.

The wait has been frustrating for some, but Krishna, who is currently on holiday in Fiji, wrote on his social media accounts yesterday that he did not want to make a rushed decision.

“It was very difficult for me to decide to move on from the region but it will always be home,” he wrote.

“Over the past few weeks, I’ve also had the chance to take a break and slow down after a hectic season and further contemplate my next move. Being away has helped me take it all in and focus on what I really want for not only me but also my family’s future.”

The Siberia, Labasa, native also paid tribute to his former club for “giving him his first break as a professional footballer.”


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During the past few weeks I’ve been overwhelmed with the outpouring of love and support from everyone. Thank you all for your congratulatory notes and well wishes. I owe a lot to you as my extended football family. @wellingtonphoenix offered me my first break as a professional footballer when I came in as an injury replacement in the 2013/2014 season from Auckland City. It’s not often that Pacific Islanders get opportunities like this so I’m indebted to the club and the coaches for bringing out the best in me to achieve everything I have so far. A special thank you to the fans that gave this little Fijian all the love and support one needed in a foreign country. It was very difficult for me to decide to move on from the region but it will always be home. I do feel that I would be limiting myself if I didn’t consider challenging myself to grow beyond Oceania. Over the past few weeks I’ve also had the chance to take a break and slow down after a hectic season and further contemplate my next move. Being away has helped me take it all in and focus on what I really want for not only me but also my family’s future. The next club I play for would have to be meaningful and not be a rushed decision. The five and half seasons at the Wellington Phoenix has taught me valuable lessons about consistency and being transparent with fans and that’s what I want to continue doing. As promised, I will announce the club I’m moving to when I’m back from my vacation. I’m currently spending the end of my vacation with my parents in Fiji and I will reveal my decision in a few days. A big vinaka vakalevu (thank you very much) once again to you all especially to the Wellington Phoenix board, staff, management and fans for your love, support and kindness. Thank you also for being patient and understanding as I contemplate my future. You will always have a special place in my heart.

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The 31-year-old leaves the club as its all-time leading scorer with 51 goals, having arrived as an injury replacement from Auckland City FC during the 2013/14 season.

He scored 18 goals in 26 matches during the 2018/19 season to win the Golden Boot Award and later the Johnny Warren Medal, which is given to the competition’s best player.

“It’s not often that Pacific Islanders get opportunities like this so I’m indebted to the club and the coaches for bringing out the best in me to achieve everything I have so far,” he said.

“The five and half seasons at the Wellington Phoenix has taught me valuable lessons about consistency and being transparent with fans and that’s what I want to continue doing.”

Edited by Osea Bola

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