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Phoenix sign on Lia for another year

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 10/06/2016

Vince Lia of the Phoenix in action during the round 15 A-League match against the Newcastle Jets on January 17, 2016 in Australia. © Tony Feder/Getty Images Vince Lia of the Phoenix in action during the round 15 A-League match against the Newcastle Jets on January 17, 2016 in Australia. Midfielder Vince Lia will rack up his 10th season with the Wellington Phoenix after extending his contract for another year.

The only Phoenix foundation member still left on the playing roster, Lia will provide stability in the midfield after Albert Riera terminated the final year of his contract by mutual consent with the club.

Coach Ernie Merrick said securing Lia's services for another season was good news.

"Vince has always given his best for the Phoenix and I know he will continue to do so because that is the type of player and person that he is," Merrick said.

Lia, 31, says he's looking forward to reaching the 10-year milestone.

"It's pretty rare in football for a player to spend 10 years at one club, and I am proud to have done it," he said.

Hamstring problems dogged Lia for much of last season, but he says he's feeling good heading into pre-season training which begins next week

"I've been keeping trim and I'm looking forward to seeing all the lads again on Monday."

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