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May 18, 2015   |  2:14AM AET

Bonevacia commits to the Phoenix

Bonevacia commits to the Phoenix

Roly Bonevacia flew to Holland today but the good news is that he will be back in Wellington for at least the next two Hyundai A-League seasons.

Before leaving for a family holiday at home the 23-year-old signed a contract extension that will see him playing for the Phoenix till May 31 2017.

Bonevacia, a product of the famous Ajax Academy and a Dutch first division player for three years, made a big impression in his first season on this side of the world and there was interest from other A-League clubs in signing him but he opted to commit himself to the Phoenix.

“I felt comfortable from the moment I arrived at the Phoenix and I like to think I am a loyal person,” Bonevacia said before boarding his flight.

“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.”

Phoenix coach Ernie Merrick is delighted that Bonevacia has extended 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.”