|By GOAL AUSTRALIA
Wellington Phoenix have handed Leo Bertos a one-year contract extension, tying him to the club until the end of the 2013-14 A-League season.
The winger-turned-defender, 31, has an option in the new deal allowing both him and the club to add another season onto the deal if both parties elect to do so.
The New Zealand international joined the Phoenix in 2008 from league rivals Perth Glory, having earlier played at the likes of Barnsley and Rochdale during a six-year stint in the United Kingdom.
"It is good to get it over the line, especially as I’m getting married this weekend," Bertos said via club statement on Monday.
"It's nice to know the club wanted me to stay because I definitely wanted to be here, and it is one less headache in what is a hectic week."
With Wellington still to announce their new coach, movement in and out of the squad has been minimal and several Phoenix players are still waiting on decisions on their future.
One man certain to join Bertos in the Phoenix squad, however, is former Melbourne Victory star Carlos Hernandez.
The Costa Rica international returns to the A-League after one season with Indian club Prayag United.
"It is good to see top players coming back to the A-League and great that someone like Carlos is joining the Phoenix," he said.
"Football is a team game but it helps when you have someone with his talent.
"Carlos is well known for scoring spectacular goals but he also creates a lot of chances for other people and I look forward to playing off him."
Elsewhere, Brisbane Roar have begun the search for a new assistant coach after restructuring their football department.
Jeff Hopkins' position as assistant has lasted just one season, with the former Wales international instead to take charge of the Roar's National Youth League team for the 2013-14 season.
He will replace John Sime, who has instead been appointed chief scout.
"Jeff is tactically astute and his one-on-one work with the young players will be of great benefit to their development," Roar coach Mike Mulvey said via statement.
"… [John] has done excellent work with the National Youth League team, helping to foster talent like James Donachie and Corey Brown and ensuring their training and methods mirror those of the A-League squad.
"As such, he is in the perfect position to help identify players who will fit in with our footballing philosophy."