Former national U-23 international Gianni Stensness extends Norwegian stay

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Former New Zealand age group international and Wellington Phoenix defender Gianni Stensness has agreed a one-year extension to his contract with Norwegian club FK Viking.

Brisbane-born Stensness (25) played 13 games for New Zealand’s U-23 side before switching his allegiance to Australia, for whom he’s played two full internationals.

Stensness signed a three-year deal with Viking in 2021 the club has confirmed a new agreement keeping him at the Eliteserien club till at least 2025.

FK Viking have two New Zealanders with All Whites midfielder Joe Bell in the first team squad, and Aucklander Olli Harder a recent arrival as a coach with the club’s second team and U-19 squad.

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The former Phoenix and Central Coast Mariners player is recovering from an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury, and has been with the Viking squad at their midwinter training camp in Marbella, Spain.

“I am very pleased to have extended with Viking,” Stensness told the club’s website.

“There have been some ups and downs, but I’m looking forward to what lies ahead and coming back from my cruciate ligament injury. Then I hope to have a very good season.”

Viking’s sports manager, Erik Nevland, said: “We have had a good dialogue for a long time, but it is always good when such processes are finished. Now we look forward to having Gianni injury-free.

“When Gianni has played, he has been one of the best stoppers in the Eliteserien, and we are confident that he will return at that level.”

Main photo; Erik Nevland and Gianni Stensness. Credit: Viking FK.

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