Krishna inks new Nix deal

Attacking livewire Roy Krishna has inked a new two-year deal with Wellington Phoenix as the club tries to tie-down an A-League finals spot.

Krishna, who came in as an injury replacement for Paul Ifill in January, has done more than enough in coach Ernie Merrick’s eyes to earn himself an extended stay.

The Fijian striker described the deal with the Kiwi outfit as a career defining moment.

“I’ve always dreamed of being a professional footballer and now that dream has come true,” the 26-year-old told the club’s official website.

“There is still a lot of work for me to do but with Ernie to guide me I’m confident I can do a job for him.”

Krishna revelled in a wide role during Sunday’s titanic 2-2 struggle with fellow finals-chasers Melbourne Heart, and even chipped in with his maiden goal for the Phoenix.

Merrick’s men are currently sitting eighth on the ladder and three points off the top six.

“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 he was starting to adapt to the training regime after taking the leap from the NZ ASB Championship to the A-League.

“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.”