Connor Pain will continue to build his legacy at Western United after putting pen to paper on a new three-year contract extension.
The deal will see Pain through to at least his seventh season in the West having initially signed as a foundation player at the Club in 2019.
United’s No.11 said it was a significant moment for him to commit his future to the Green and Black and continue on the journey.
“It feels great. It’s something that’s been really important for me to get the future sorted so I can knuckle down and play as well as possible,” he said.
“We’re building something really cool and special here in the West and I just wanted to be a part of it.”
Pain has already made more appearances for Western United than his previous two Isuzu UTE A-League Men clubs and said he has made a home for himself in the West.
“It means a lot to me, because obviously it’s the longest I’ve spent at any club at this point so another three years on top of that – it’s just great to be part of it from building it from the ground up,” he said.
Western United General Manager of Football Mal Impiombato said keeping hold of a foundation player and a key presence within the Club was cause for celebration.
“We are delighted to retain foundation player and Championship winner Connor Pain for another three seasons,” he said.
“Connor’s contribution to the Club both on and off the field has helped us build strong foundations and a solid platform for continued success.
“Well respected by his peers and fans, Connor’s extension signifies our intent to strengthen our squad for next season and beyond.”
So far, Pain has played 92 league matches for United and is on course to become the first player to reach the century for the Club this season.
The left-winger has seven goals and 18 assists in that time and has finished in the top three in the Club’s Player of the Season voting in all three season’s to date.
Pain was a key player throughout the 2021/22 season and was particularly vital throughout the Finals Series, registering three assists in the four matches which included one in the Grand Final.
The fan favourite will look to continue building on his burgeoning Club legend status and contribute to further success over the next three seasons.