Striker Roy Krishna keen to return to men’s A-League after becoming free agent

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Veteran striker Roy Krishna has made it clear he would welcome a return to the men’s A-League, saying his former Wellington Phoenix club remains “special”.

Krishna (35) says his body remains in good shape for football, and he’s looking for a contract “closer to home” after spending four years in the Indian Super League.

“I would love to come back to the A-League, and, of course, Phoenix is very special to me. It was my first professional club and it gave me this opportunity to play professional football,” he told Jason Pine on NewstalkZB.

Krishna spent six seasons at the Phoenix, becoming their all-time leading goalscorer with 51 goals and two Player of the Season awards.

The Fijian national captain said he was hopeful his agent, his manager and a club could find the right opportunity for him.

He said the first step was to make public the fact he’s now a free agent.

Krishna spent four seasons in the Indian Super League and scored 10 goals and claimed six assists in his last season with club Bengaluru FC.

Krishna told Pine he had a one-year contract with Bengaluru with an option for both parties to extend the deal for a further year.

Though the coach wanted him to stay, Krishna said, the club had other ideas and declined to take up the option.

Before signing for Bengaluru in 2022, Krishna had discussions with the Wellington Phoenix about a potential return to the club, and he was linked with Mumbai City, coached by former Phoenix coach Des Buckingham.

He trained with Auckland club Manurewa early last year before heading to India in late July.

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Listen to Jason Pine’s interview with Krishna

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