9 May 2012

Daniel still wants to play for New Zealand

6:38 am on 9 May 2012

The Wellington Phoenix player Daniel may be leaving the A-League football club but his dream of playing for New Zealand is still alive.

The Phoenix have confirmed that the Brazilian, who is off contract after five seasons with the club, will not be re-signed for the next A League season.

While his family have already returned to Brazil Daniel, who is still considering the next stage of his club career, has stayed in Wellington to complete the necessary residency requirements that will make him eligible for the All Whites.

Daniel has just a few days to wait before completing his 5 years and he says New Zealand Football have told him FIFA have approved his application to be eligible for the All Whites.

The winger says A-League side Melbourne Heart and a Singapore club have approached him about his future but he's in no hurry to make a decision.

A real fans favourite, Daniel Lins Cortes, to give him his full name, made his 100th appearance for the Wellington Phoenix in January this year against the Newcastle Jets, and went on to play 106 games for the club.