New Phoenix recruit is ready for NZ adventure
New Wellington Phoenix signing Roly Bonevacia can't wait to start his A-League adventure.
The 22-year-old Dutch midfielder has signed a two-year contract with the Phoenix after being given a free transfer by Roda JC.
"I was looking for a new adventure and a good club," said Bonevacia, who hopes to arrive in Wellington next month with wife Milou and daughter Ivy-Mae.
"When my agent told me about Wellington I did some research and was amazed by the beauty of New Zealand. Then I had a conversation with Mr Merrick [Phoenix coach Ernie Merrick] and he convinced me that this would be the right choice for me.
"He told me that he likes to play ground play and I believe that is my quality. I have also been doing research about the A-League on the internet but I feel there is still a lot to learn."
Bonevacia joined the Ajax Academy as a 10-year-old and spent nine years there learning his trade.
"Playing among Holland's best young players was a great experience. They have taught me a lot about the game and have helped me grow as a footballer."
Bonevacia made one first-team appearance for Ajax under Martin Jol before going out on loan to NEC Breda and then joining Roda.
"That was a dream coming true, everything looked good for me. I felt like I did a good job during the game but unfortunately Mr Jol, who liked my style of playing football, left soon after. With a new trainer you have to start again from scratch and prove you are the best player for that position."