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Rufer recovers to earn two-year Nix deal

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 14/09/2016

An injured Alex Rufer of the Phoenix looks on during the round 24 A-League match between the Wellington Phoenix and the Perth Glory. © Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images An injured Alex Rufer of the Phoenix looks on during the round 24 A-League match between the Wellington Phoenix and the Perth Glory. Wellington Phoenix midfielder Alex Rufer has put pen to paper on a new two-year deal after fighting his way back from a broken leg.

The 20-year-old, nephew of All Whites legend Wynton Rufer, broke his tibia and ankle in an ASB Premiership match for Team Wellington in December 2015.

He was given a 12-month recovery period but returned to the pitch almost three months early.

Rufer feared the worst after his injury but was relieved to be back.

"All I ever wanted was to be a professional footballer and the negative thoughts took over at the start," Rufer said.

"Once I started to feel better, my mood improved and I became determined that day wouldn't end my career."

Head coach Ernie Merrick was delighted for the young gun.

"He has been conscientious with his rehab programme and has been training the house down this pre-season," Merrick said.

"Alex has bounced back and all credit to him."

Rufer has played eight A-League matches in the black and yellow, as well as three FFA Cup fixtures.

He has also earned two senior caps for New Zealand.

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