Visa issues in way of Krishna’s English dream

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Waitakere United striker Roy Krishna looks set to miss out on a dream opportunity in England because of an immigration clause.

The prolific Fijian forward was offered an extended one-month trial at Championship club Derby County, which was due to begin at the end of June.

However, Krishna’s New Zealand residency application was granted earlier this month which means he is now unable to spend extended periods outside New Zealand. New New Zealand residents need to spend a minimum of 184 days in the country across the first two years if they wish to be granted permanent residence, a requirement that the 25-year-old would be unable to fulfil if he was signed by Derby.

In recent years, Krishna has been one of the great unfulfilled talents of local football.