A number of A-League clubs have been put on alert after it emerged that Dutch midfielder Roly Bonevacia could be leaving the Wellington Phoenix at the end of the season.

The exciting playmaker appears to be set to leave New Zealand after three years, although Bonevacia could be staying in the A-League.

While there are a number of European clubs interested in signing the attacking midfielder, Western Sydney Wanderers and a host of other Australian sides are also pursuing the talented 25-year old.

The former NAC Breda, Roda JC and Ajax star has been a revelation since arriving in the A-League in 2014.

In an impressive first two years in Wellington, Bonevacia scored 11 goals and weighed in with 12 assists in 54 appearances for the New Zealand outfit.

His performances Down Under haven't gone unnoticed back in Europe, with Bonevacia now expected to field offers from both the northern and southern hemispheres with his time in Wellington looking set to end.

Despite establishing himself as a key member of the team during his first two seasons in the A-League, the attack-minded midfielder found himself forced to drop deep down the pitch following the arrival of marquee signing Gui Finkler.

Without the same freedom on the field he had enjoyed previously, Bonevacia has struggled for form this season, scoring just once in a Wellington team facing a battle to avoid missing out on the Finals for a second year running. 

The Wanderers are one of those teams currently sitting in a top six spot, priced at 5/6 with bet365 to still be there come the end of the regular season, and the Sydney-based franchise are just one of a number of A-League outfits expected to be preparing to make an offer to Bonevacia.

The Dutchman would add some much-needed creativity to a Wanderers team looking to become the dominant force in Australian football.

At 25, the former Holland youth international is still to hit his prime, and any club signing him now could be getting him at just the right time. 



Despite sitting in a top six spot, the Wanderers have hardly been one of the best teams in the A-League this season.

With only four wins to their name, the club are in a decent position in the table due in some part to the dismal form of those teams below them, Wellington included.

While Bonevacia wouldn't solve all of Tony Popovic's problems, it would be a signal of intent that the club are planning for the future and looking to put the pieces in place for long-term success. 

Bonevacia has proven during his time in the A-League that he has what it takes to be one of the divison's best midfielders.

While the Phoenix could have worked harder to convince him to stay, it may be that a move to Parramatta Stadium is what the youngster needs to really make that next step up in his career.

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