SPANISH midfielder Dani Sanchez will be with Wellington Phoenix for the 2012-13 Hyundai A-League season after he signed a one year extension with the club.
Phoenix general manager David Dome today confirmed Sanchez, currently on holiday in his homeland, would be staying in New Zealand next season.
“We are delighted to have secured Dani’s services for another year,” Dome said. “He is a player who has shown he has the qualities needed for the A-League.”
Sanchez’s signing brings the number of players confirmed for next season to 15, with negotiations continuing with a number of others.
“We’ve been steadily working on the roster and it is progressing well,” Dome said.
Head coach Ricki Herbert, currently with the All Whites heading into the OFC Nations Cup, sees Sanchez as an important part of the Phoenix set-up.
“Dani showed he had real quality last season and it was just unfortunate that, at times, circumstances forced us to play him in what was possibly not his best position,” Herbert said.
“With the squad we are putting together I’m confident Dani will be able to play to his true potential.
“He is talented and has great vision.”
Players confirmed on the roster for the 2012-13 season are: Mark Paston, Glen Moss, Manny Muscat, Ben Sigmund, Andrew Durante, Tony Lochhead, Leo Bertos, Paul Ifill, Jeremy Brockie, Mirjan Pavlovic, Cameron Lindsay, Vince Lia, Jimmy Downey, Dani Sanchez, Lucas Pantelis.