Alex Rodriguez joins Wellington Phoenix exit list

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The Spaniard has signed with Primeira Liga club Boavista for the next two seasons after three solid years in New Zealand's capital

Midfielder Alex Rodriguez has left A-League club Wellington Phoenix and signed for Portuguese outfit Boavista, he announced on social media. 

The 23-year-old former Sunderland reserve team player announced the move on Instagram on Wednesday, adding he was looking forward to the next two years with his new club in Portugal. 

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Rodriguez becomes the eighth player from the Phoenix's 2016-17 squad to leave the club.

 

 

New Phoenix coach Darije Kalezic and his assistant Rado Vidosic - who were unveiled on Wednesday - will have a busy off-season in terms of recruitment.

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Rodriguez spent three seasons with Wellington, playing 72 A-League matches.

"I would like to thank everyone that has supported me in this journey but specially [sic] mentioned to club for the opportunity, to my team-mates that they welcomed me with open arms from day one and mostly to the fans that have supported us through thick and thin with the same passion," he said.

 

 

Sadly My time in wellington has come to a end. I would like to thank everyone that has supported me in this journey but specially mentioned to club for the opportunity, to my teammates that they welcomed me with open arms from day one and mostly to the fans that have supported us through thick and thin with the same passion, I want to wish the club a lot of success and I am sure it will be in near future. Thank you Después de tres años en wellington mi tiempo aquí ha llegado a su fin pero antes de afrontar un nuevo reto me gustaría agradecer a todos aquellos que me ha apoyado en este camino, en especial al club por la oportunidad, a mis compañeros por hacerme sentir como en casa desde el primer día y a los aficionados que nos han apoyado en las buenas y en las malas con la misma pasión. Aprovechar también para desear al club mucho éxito y estoy seguro será en un futuro cercano Muchas Gracias

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Rodriguez, born in Tenerife, signed with Wellington in 2014 from Sunderland having never made a senior appearance for the English club.

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The Spaniard started 20 of his 23 appearances last season, scoring one goal and notching one assist.

Rodriguez joins Kosta Barbarouses, Glen Moss, Roly Bonevacia, Jacob Tratt and Shane Smeltz as first-team regulars to leave Wellington over the past couple of months.

Boavista have won one Primeira Liga title in their 113-year history and five Taca de Portugal (Portuguese Cup) trophies, while they finished ninth in the 18-team league last season.

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