Star striker Roy Krishna is leaving the Wellington Phoenix.
Roy Krishna turned down the biggest offer in Wellington Phoenix history – as well as the possibility of having a scholarship in his name – to join a mystery club in Asia.
The 31-year-old Fijian international didn’t say which club he would be moving to, only announcing it wouldn’t be another A-League team.
“After much thought and consideration and consultation with my family back in Fiji, we have decided to move on from the A-League to secure a future outside of the league,” Krishna said in a statement released by the Phoenix.
According to Phoenix General Manager David Dome, who has confirmed the news that the in-demand striker will not be in the capital next season.
Dome told Radio Sport’s Jason Pine that Krishna is believed to have signed with a club in Asia, after snubbing the Phoenix’s mega-money offer.
“Obviously we can’t talk absolute numbers because that wouldn’t be fair on Roy…but let’s just say it was the largest offer that we’ve ever put to a player,” Dome said.
“We didn’t want to go into negotiations with Roy not putting our best foot forward. We certainly expected he would be hugely in demand not only in the A-League but overseas as well and that’s obviously what’s come through.”
Fresh from being named the A-League’s player of the season last week, Krishna confirmed on Monday he won’t be re-signing with the club.
“We have negotiated a contract and we are currently working out the finer details. We will be announcing the club name when we are back from our belated honeymoon towards the end of June.
“If I was going to stay in the A-League then I would have continued with the Wellington Phoenix as we have built a wonderful community together with the club and the wonderful Nix supporters.”
Respected Australian football journalist Ray Gatt had earlier posted on social media that Krishna would be joining a Korean club.
Krishna spent five and a half seasons at the Phoenix and netted a league-best 19 goals in the 2018-19 season, which also handed him the golden boot award.
Krishna attracted plenty of interest after scoring 18 goals and five assists in 26 games this season.
That tally also made him the club’s all-time leading scorer with 51 goals.
He was also honoured with the Johnny Warren Medal for the best player in the competition.