Influential NRMA Insurance Western Sydney Wanderers striker Labinot Haliti has today signed a two season contract extension which will keep Haliti as a Wanderer until the end of the 2015/16 season.
Haliti recently extended for an additional season in May this year but Wanderers Head Coach Tony Popovic has seen enough in the 28-year-old already this season to retain his services long-term.
“From the first moment he arrived he has epitomised everything this club is about,” explained Popovic,
“Whichever role he has for us he does a great job, we love him at this club and we’re delighted he is staying.”
Haliti, a Western Sydney local, says that for him it was an easy choice to sign on for another two seasons and that he wants to continue being a part of the Wanderers bright future.
“I’ve grown up here and the club has given me everything; there’s nowhere else I’d rather be,” stated Haliti.
“I’m grateful to be here, we’re building something very special and I want to be a part of it.”
An inaugural signing for the Wanderers, Haliti made his debut in the Wanderers first ever match against Central Coast Mariners on 6 October 2012 and played 19 times during Wanderers year won, including scoring a brace in the Wanderers record breaking 10 match winning streak in Round 25 against Melbourne Heart.
The Albanian born forward has been a consistently solid performer for the club throughout the past two seasons, his hard work being something he says earned him the contract extension.
“I’ve tried to do all the right things both on and off the field and score goals”.
Popovic said Labinot Haliti’s dedication, hard work and form were the key factors behind the Wanderers making him their second re-signing of the season.
“He loves the area, he lives in the area, he puts his heart and soul into this football club and you see that everyday he trains, in every game that he plays.”