Wellington Phoenix record goalscorer Paul Ifill wants his old club to lock striker Roy Krishna down to a new contract.
The Fiji international has been a target of MLS side Colorado Rapids and his future at the Phoenix is uncertain beyond the expiry of his current contract.
He is one of 15 Wellington players whose deals will be up at the end of the season and Ifill has urged coach Darije Kalezic to keep him around.
Ifill has the Phoenix goalscoring record with 33, but would love to see Krishna break it.
Speaking of the 30-year-old, he said: "If you look at it, would he start in any team in this league? Yes; the only one I can think of possibly is Sydney, but I'd personally play him in front of Alex Brosque.
"I think for anyone else he'd start and you have to secure players like that."
Ifill said he was puzzled as to why Krishna wasn't re-signed last year.
"It's not that he wasn't scoring goals because he scores goals every year and he's electric," he added. "He makes a difference and you can see it when it doesn't play, it makes it harder for the other forwards because they've got more to do."
Krishna, who originally joined the Phoenix in 2014 as an injury replacement for Ifill, had his best season in terms of goalscoring last season when he managed 12 in 25 games.
Former New Zealand coach Anthony Hudson, who is now in charge of Colorado Rapids, tried to sign him before the end of the transfer window, but the bid was rejected by Wellington who demanded up to $1million for him.
However, the Phoenix risk losing him for nothing unless they can secure him to a new deal before the end of the season.
The Phoenix are 11/4 to win their next game against Western Sydney, who are 19/20, with the draw 11/4.
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