21 Apr 2012

Phoenix re-sign Lia to two-year deal

10:56 am on 21 April 2012

While Vince Lia's dream of playing for the All Whites could possibly be over, that hasn't stopped him committing to the Wellington Phoenix for another two years in the A-League.

A foundation player at the Phoenix, Lia has confirmed he has signed a contract extension and says it was an easy decison.

The 27-year-old says the Phoenix have the nucleus of a strong squad and believes with the addition a bit more quality and depth, it could be a top-two club.

After five years in Wellington, Lia has applied to become a New Zealand citizen, hoping it will enable him to play for the All Whites.

That scenario is in doubt with him having previously played for Australia's under-20 and under-23 sides, but he hasn't given up all hope.

He says FIFA has stated that they will listen to each case individually.