Wellington head coach Darije Kalezic says he will reinforce his side as the Phoenix look to fill the gap vacated by the departing Gui Finkler.

The Brazilian midfielder’s marquee contract was terminated by mutual consent on Friday, a day before his now former side drew 0-0 with Brisbane Roar at CBUS stadium on the Gold Coast.

After that match Kalezic was quizzed about who he wold bring in during the January transfer window and said it would not be a like-for-like swap.

“In that position we have a couple of players who can play at A-League level, like Dario Vidosic, like Michael McGlinchey, so hopefully we can spend that spot for some other position that we the team needs more.”

“I know what we need, there are two positions and we have to decide very soon which of those two positions we want to replace.”

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Kalezic declined to comment further on Finkler’s release.

“To be honest, I didn’t speak with the club about their decisions. I was concentrating this week on the game we play tonight.”

“I think also our focus has to be on the next game in Perth, then once we fly back we have all the time to sit with the board and make decisions what we want to do.”

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Kalezic appeared to be unaware of Finkler’s contract status, deferring a question about whether Finkler was on a marquee contract to football operations manager Shaun Gill, who confirmed that was the case

Kalezic was rapt with his side’s first competitive clean sheet during his tenure as head coach and said he may look to add potential defensive reinforcements.

“The team for the first time in a couple of months keeps a clean sheet, that makes me very satisfied. I am a coach who likes good and solid organisation. We struggle a lot to create until, and after our games, days, weeks and months, we achieve today.”

“Actually, this game we should also win – I think we deserved to win – but what is in my mind is only happiness about the clean sheet and that we played a solid game from the first until the last minute.”

Phoenix’s next match is away to Perth on December 16 with the squad remaining in Australia this week in preparation for that match.

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Currently studying a Bachelor of Digital Media and Communication at Southern Cross University, Thibault is a digital content editor at Gold Coast City and works as a football correspondent for APN Newspapers. Olympique Lyon and Socceroos fan, passionate about the growth of football in Australia.