BRAZILIAN winger Sidnei is set to be offered a two-year contract extension by Perth Glory after his starring role in Friday night's 4-2 win over Wellington Phoenix.
Sidnei scored two goals, including a stunning opener from outside the penalty area, and set up another as Glory claimed the three points at nib Stadium.
The 27-year-old has been a consistent performer for Glory this season and has entertained crowds across the country with his fancy footwork and explosive speed.
Glory coach Alistair Edwards confirmed after the win that the club was in talks with Sidnei about extending his stay in Perth.
Sidnei's wife recently gave birth to the couple's first child and it is understood he wants to raise his young family in Australia.
The former Alki Larnaca forward approached Glory via a third party during the pre-season and paid his own way to trial for Edwards in Perth.
"I've never signed anyone from a YouTube video, or any video, so we brought him over and you could tell straight away he was quite good," Edwards said.
"He fits in extremely well and he's already one of those players in the A-League we love. We love the foreign players coming in and their quality.
"I know we always talk about the Del Pieros and the Heskeys and the Onos, but I think we can almost add Sidnei close by in that (category). I know he doesn't have the pedigree of the other three, but his performances have been fantastic."
Glory will regain captain Jacob Burns from a two-game suspension for this Friday's away clash against Melbourne Victory and remain hopeful marquee defender William Gallas will also be available.
Meanwhile, Wellington Phoenix coach Ernie Merrick is confident his side can still make the finals despite another round of the A-League without a win.
Phoenix has just three draws from eight matches this season and Merrick admitted his team was outplayed by Perth.
But Merrick is not ready to hit the panic button by any stretch and believes it is only a matter of time before Wellington charges back up the table.
"It is a concern (being winless after eight games), but I still think we'll make the finals," Merrick said.
"I'm pretty good at objectively analysing games and the previous seven games we've played pretty good football without having a win. We're creating goal-scoring opportunities, we don't give away much at the back and I think we're building a good squad.
"Last week against the Wanderers, the stats speak for themselves – 14 scoring shots to eight and 10 corners to four. I just seem to struggle to get 11 best players on the park consistently and the travel hasn't helped, but that's just part of what you have to do when you're at Phoenix."
Asked if he had a player in mind to recruit during the January transfer window, Merrick joked: "Yes, but I don't know if we can afford him. His name's Lionel Messi."