Some have questioned the wisdom of recruiting the languid former Melbourne Victory star, but Carlos Hernandez claims to be joining Wellington Phoenix with a brand new attitude
Carlos Hernandez says he is ready to work hard and prove the doubters wrong after finally arriving at Wellington Phoenix.
Hernandez agreed to join the Phoenix in February, but had to wait until his contract with Indian club Prayag United expired.
His arrival in New Zealand was then delayed by visa issues, prompting concerns the 31-year-old would struggle to regain full fitness in time for the 2013-14 A-League season.
Addressing the media on Tuesday, the playmaker said he was determined to get back to his past, having been reunited with former Melbourne Victory coach Ernie Merrick.
"Yeah it's hard because I need too many papers, everything, but most important is Carlos is now in Wellington for training," Hernandez said, referring to his travel issues.
"And now Ernie (is) angry. So important that Carlos is here."
Hernandez, widely regarded as a reluctant trainer during his time in Melbourne, claimed to be returning to the A-League with a new attitude to physical preparation.
"The most important part is to be ready for the season," Hernandez said.
"That's why Carlos comes with a different mentality. He's come to show you that he's back."
It remains to be seen if Hernandez can hit the heights which earned him the A-League's player of the season award in 2009-10, and helped Victory to the title the previous season.
"That's one of the many things I want to achieve this year," he said.
"It's a challenge and I'm trying to prove myself again. I come because it is a good team and I come because I like Wellington, I like the A-League.
"It's important for me to start training and start getting fit and help the team."