Departing Wellington Phoenix star Roy Krishna is set continue his professional career in the Indian Super League – a move he described as coming “full circle”.

Stuff can reveal the Johnny Warren medallist and Golden Boot winner has signed a 12-month contract with Kolkata-based club ATK, having rejected a a new multi-year deal from the Phoenix, which they claim was the most lucrative they have ever offered a player.

While the destination and length of his contract may come as a surprise, Krishna said he was excited by the chance to play in India, where his ancestors originated before moving to Fiji.

“It was not just about me, it was about my family. My wife, [Naziah Ali], is coming with me. She’s more familiar with the Indian culture and that was also one of the reasons why I chose to go there. Obviously my forefathers came from there 140 years ago so I’m going back after 140 years. I’m excited, I’m happy and I know I’ve made the right decision,” Krishna said.

“I just want to enjoy football and for my wife to enjoy it when she’s with me so I’m not too stressed out. I talked to my family and they were very happy that I was going to India.”

ATK have signed some relatively high-profile attackers in recent years, with Irish international Robbie Keane, Portuguese international Helder Postiga and Spanish international Luis Garcia among their most notable former players.

Krishna could be joined by some familiar company in India, with ATK close to announcing the signing of his Phoenix strike partner, David Williams.

Like Krishna, Williams turned down a contract extension with the Phoenix to explore other opportunities. He scored 11 goals during the 2018-19 campaign – his second highest return.

 

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