Phoenix bag Bonevacia for two more seasons
Bonevacia flew back to Holland on Monday but not before putting pen to paper on a contract extension that will see him lining up for the Kiwi club till 2017.
The defensive midfielder made a big impression in his first season with Phoenix but shrugged off interest from other A-League clubs to stay at Wellington.
A Dutch first division player for three years, the 23-year-old said he felt at home with the New Zealand outfit.
“I felt comfortable from the moment I arrived at the Phoenix and I like to think I am a loyal person,” Bonevacia said.
“Also I think we are building something special at the club; something that hasn’t been done before at the Phoenix.
“We had a fantastic season and while it was disappointing to slip up over the last few games I believe we will learn a lot from that and come back next season stronger.
“Being so close whetted my appetite and I really want to win the league. If we do that I wouldn’t feel uncomfortable about going closer to home, but for now I am staying to help bring the championship to Wellington.”
Coach Ernie Merrick was delighted to see the former Ajax Academy graduate extend his contract.
“Roly has been something of a revelation in his first season with us,” Merrick said.
“For a player of his pedigree to commit himself for another two seasons is a feather in the club’s cap.
“Roly came to us as a defensive midfielder, but he became more attacking as the season progressed and I believe he will become a key attacking player and goal scorer next season.”