Football: Wellington Phoenix re-sign forward Jaushua Sotirio

Phoenix forward Jaushua Sotirio has signed a two-year contract extension.
Phoenix forward Jaushua Sotirio has signed a two-year contract extension. Photo credit: Photosport

Phoenix forward Jaushua Sotirio has been rewarded for his good start to the A-League season with a two-year contract extension.

The 24-year-old has been a revelation for the Phoenix this season, scoring one goal and claiming two assists in his nine starts for the club. 

The news comes a day after Wellington re-signed captain Steven Taylor and vice-captain Alex Rufer to contract extensions. 

"Jaushua has been great for us this season," said Phoenix coach Ufuk Talay. "He's been a dynamic attacking player for us as he has a lot of speed and versatility up front and fits in well with the players around him.

"We bought him in to work hard and to continually raise his game and he's certainly fit the bill in that regard."

Talay has previously spoken about trying to keep the core of this year's squad together in the near future. 

The Phoenix now have 12 players signed on for next season, which is important for Talay. 

"This signing is part of the Phoenix's plan to solidify our squad with a view to next season and beyond - we started this season with only seven players on the books and we want to avoid this happening again in future seasons.

"I'm very delighted to have Jaushua on board and I know he's delighted to be in an environment that’s focussed on a winning future."

The Phoenix will be looking to extend their unbeaten streak to eight games when they face the Central Coast Mariners in Wellington on Saturday.