Western Sydney star Shinji Ono could finish his career as a Wanderer after revealing his desire to extend his stay at the club beyond this season.
The Japanese star is in the final year of his contract with the A-League premiers, and declared that he would be happy to sign a contract extension if it were offered.
"I want to stay as long as possible ... I’m very happy."
Ono, 34, was still revelling in the success of the Wanderers' 2-0 win over Sydney FC in the derby, and said that his future with the team was in the hands of the club.
''I don't know, ask [them],'' Ono said when asked about his future. ''I have just one-year contract but of course I want to stay as long as possible because I love this club, I love these supporters, I love these teammates.''
The Wanderers playmaker lived up to his marquee status in the win over the Sky Blues with two decisive moments of individual brilliance. A perfect free kick found the head of Wanderers midfielder Iacopo La Rocca to give the visitors the lead after just 10 minutes.
Then Ono embarrassed Sydney FC's defence as he turned two players to seal the result with a desperate snap shot into the far corner of the
net in the first half. The veteran struggled to contain his excitement after the final whistle, and said the goal was one of the most memorable of his career.
''I'm very happy to make them happy, the supporters of Western Sydney Wanderers,'' Ono said. ''For me, I feel it was slow, that's why I thought the goalkeeper would save it but when I saw the ball hit the net, I was so happy.
''I'm very happy because I scored in front of a big crowd, and I really appreciate both teams, both club's supporters.
''They made us play in great atmosphere, and I'm very happy to win.''
The Wanderers were quick to acknowledge their tactical discipline and high work rate in their comfortable win over their rivals.
Goalkeeper Ante Covic had little to do throughout the match, and praised the performance of the defensive midfield duo of La Rocca and Mateo Poljak for keeping the Sky Blues at bay. The Wanderers joined their supporters' celebrations inside the stadium following the final whistle but Covic revealed that the atmosphere in the dressing room was much more subdued.
''I think the boys were kind of humble afterwards. We got the win we've been looking for, we wanted it last week but it came this week. I think the boys realised that it's one step forward but it's not the game we want to play, we want to dominate for the full 90 minutes,'' Covic said. ''It's a long season but today couldn't be better, calm as anything.''
The Wanderers' second-half performance lacked the dominance of the opening half but Covic said that was not due to complacency. They expected Sydney to emerge from the break with more vigour and purpose and responded by focusing on their defensive structure to ensure they left with three points and bragging rights.
''I think we thoroughly deserved the victory. I think we controlled, we were very compact, we kept the ball well in the first half, we were very good at winning that ball back and counter-attacking them,'' Covic said. ''We got that early goal and punished them with a second. We had all the chances.''