Hernandez: I’d love another crack at the A-League

Carlos Hernandez has no regrets about leaving Wellington Phoenix in the off-season but admits he would love another stint in the A-League.

Hernandez spent six successful years in the competition, with Melbourne Victory and the Phoenix, scoring over 40 goals.

The Costa Rican playmaker left Wellington at the end of the 2013-2014 season by mutual consent.

Hernandez joined Costa Rican Primera Division outfit CS Cartagines on a one-year deal in June and has so far scored three goals in 16 appearances for the club.

The 32-year old told FourFourTwo he would be keen on a return to the A-League.

“I don’t have to think twice about this at all,” Hernandez said.

“I love the A-League. Australia is in my heart and it also feels like my home.

“My agent is fully aware of my thoughts and if the opportunity comes up, my representatives will definitely let me know.

“It was personally six fantastic years. Something that I will never forget. Every year the A-League got better and better.

“The fans at Melbourne Victory made my time in Australia wonderful as were the fans in Wellington. 

“The support and love we got was something I will never forget and in my heart forever. Every year the league got a little bit more stronger and stronger. The level of foreigners improved and so did the popularity. 

“It’s vitally important that this growth continues for Australian football as the possibilities are endless.”

Hernandez won the Johnny Warren Medal in 2010 and helped Melbourne Victory to two grand final wins and a premiership during his time with the club.

Last season he managed seven goals and 10 assists in 21 appearances for Phoenix.

The attacking midfielder said he doesn’t have any regrets about leaving the Kiwi club, with his family struggling to settle in.

“I think it was the best scenario for all and it was time to move on,” Hernandez said.

“If anything at all, it’s leaving the fans as the support they provided me was amazing. The time at the Phoenix was good for me.

“I personally had a good season and the most important thing is that I always gave maximum effort for the club and the fans.

“I am very happy to be back in my country and extremely proud to represent my club Cartagines.  Winning the championship is our objective and looking forward to the challenge.”

Hernandez spent the 2012-2013 season in India and admits playing in Asia again is an option.

“I am very fit and healthy as good as ever before,” he said.

“For me the most important thing is that I have the hunger and desire to play football. I feel I am playing as good as ever and I want to win championships. 

“I don’t really mind which league I play in as long as it’s professional and has the right and ambitious objectives.  I want to win and play beautiful football. 

“Asia is an emerging market so I guess the better leagues there like Japan, South Korea, Thailand or China would be my preference but open to all opportunities.”