Phoenix Swoop On Cernak

Wellington Phoenix coach Ricki Herbert has added to his attacking midfield options by signing Australian under-23 international Isaka Cernak from Melbourne Victory.

Wellington Phoenix coach Ricki Herbert has added to his attacking midfield options by signing Australian under-23 international Isaka Cernak from Melbourne Victory.

Cernak, 23, has made 21 appearances for Victory since signing for them at the start of last season, and has also played for Brisbane Roar and North Queensland Fury.

Herbert said he was pleased to get Cernak, who has signed with the Phoenix for the remainder of the Hyundai A-League season, and is likely to include him in the squad to play Newcastle Jets on Sunday.

“Isaka will add something attacking wise in the midfield,” Herbert said.

“He is coming to us with experience at good A-League clubs and it is an opportunity for him to stake a claim for a contract next season.

“I-ve always liked him and when the chance came to have him for the rest of the season I jumped at it.”

Cernak made 15 appearances for Roar in his two seasons with the Brisbane club before joining North Queensland Fury when that club joined the A-League.

Fury was unable to extend his contract when the FFA took ownership of the club and Cernak was snapped up by Melbourne Victory.