Former Belgium striker Huysegems in Wellington Phoenix standoff

Stein Huysegems has his fingers crossed for a two-year deal with A-League club Wellington Phoenix.

Stein Huysegems has his fingers crossed for a two-year deal with A-League club Wellington Phoenix.

The 31-year old Belgian striker comes out of contract with the New Zealanders at the end of the 2013/14 season and has only been offered a one-year extension.

But the former Lierse, AZ Alkmaar, Feyenoord, FC Twente and Racing Genk forward has scored 10 goals for the ‘Nix this term and wants to be rewarded with a longer contract.

"I'm almost 32 years old, I'm still feeling fit. Two years is what I want," he told AAP.

"Otherwise you have to start negotiating again after six or seven months. That's not ideal at that stage of the season because you focus too much on that sort of thing and that's not good for yourself."

Huysegems, who has represented Belgium on 16 occasions, added that he was nicely settled in Wellington and hoping to remain with his young family.

"The kids are all really settled in at school and speaking good English. It's nice to see they're making friends and things like that,” he added.

"The ideal situation would be to stay here and not have to pack again and find something else."

Huysegems joined the Phoenix from Lierse in September 2012 and has since scored 15 goals in 47 A-League appearances.

 
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