Both Hernandez and the club were keen to take up the option and the contract was signed today, Phoenix said this afternoon.

“I am really happy in Wellington,” Hernandez said. “I have settled well and now my family is with me, it is even better.”

Hernandez said he was also pleased with the way the team is playing and predicted 2014 will be a good year for Phoenix.

“The team is playing really good, attacking football and is more confident now that we have three wins in the last three games,” he said.

“I also think I will play better in the rest of the season and I’m sure we will make the finals.

“Once that is achieved anything can happen in the playoffs.”

Coach Ernie Merrick said he was delighted that Hernandez is staying at least another year.

He added: “Carlos is a key player for us and to have him settled and here for next season as well is good for everyone."