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Fijian striker signs with Wellington

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Roy Krishna is set to become the first Fijian to play in the A-League after Wellington Phoenix signed the striker until the end of the season.

Krishna, 26, comes in after long-serving striker Paul Ifill ruptured an achilles tendon in the 1-0 win over Sydney FC two weeks ago.

Phoenix coach Ernie Merrick says landing a prolific striker like Krishna was a real boost.

“When we played Auckland City pre-season, the two players who stood out for me were Albert Riera and Roy Krishna,” he said.

Riera has impressed for the Phoenix this year after signing a one-year contract.

“Krishna was quick with close technical skills and an eye for goal, and when I researched his record I was impressed,” he said.

“He seems the sort of player capable of taking the next step and scoring goals in the A-League.”

Krishna has scored 14 goals in 22 appearances for Fiji, while at Waitakere United he netted 72 times in 103 appearances from 2008 until 2013.

“I can’t wait to get to Wellington and start working with the team,” Krishna said.

“I love scoring goals and my goal is to get in the team and do just that.”

The Phoenix have also signed Northcote City striker Milos Lujic on a two-week contract as replacement for Reece Caira, who is in Oman with the Australian under-22 squad.

Lujic, 23, scored 19 goals in Northcote City’s Victorian Premier League title-winning campaign last season.