#NixOut belongs in the history books

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It’s time for the #NixOut movement to die.

One of the common cases laid against the Wellington Phoenix’s participation in the A-League is how they supposedly don’t benefit Australian football.

In response, two names: Reno Piscopo and Cameron Devlin. 

In Piscopo, Wellington brought one of Australia’s most talented youngsters to the A-League and have made him an integral piece of their attacking quartet. 

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Meanwhile, Devlin is one of the best midfielders in the A-League. The ex-Sydney player didn’t make his first start until round 10, but is now on the board for the Alex Tobin Medal. He has made Team of the Week a staggering seven times since and has pushed Nix vice-captain Alex Rufer out of the team. 

Had he stayed in Sydney, he’d be wasting away on the bench or reserves. You are welcome, Australia. 

But have some more names: Dylan Fox, Jacob Tratt and Blake Powell. All Australians who moved from the NPL to Wellington. All Australians who owe their professional careers to Wellington. 

Not to mention the other NPL players who Wellington have taken a chance on, in a league who’s fans constantly complain about player recycling no less.

Oh, and don’t forget how the Nix took chances on Mark Rudan and Ufuk Talay. 

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 Recent years have been tough but the club are getting better at improving attendances – along with the Perth Glory, they were the only team to increase crowd numbers last season. And at the time of writing, Wellington are a healthy sixth on the average crowd size ladder. 

And if crowd sizes were really a concern, then Western United would not have been added to the league. 

Sky Stadium also gets a lot flack for being a venue that’s bad for football. While that’s not entirely wrong, if you are not a Wellington fan how does this affect you? Nix fans are willing to put up with an imperfect stadium. Why would you kick a team out of the league for having a less than perfect stadium? 

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Besides, when was the last time you heard about people complaining about Sky Stadium’s security? 

Finally, the Nix have stability. Perth was almost sold to a bitcoin company with a shady past. Brisbane Roar have faced several financial issues over the years, and the FFA literally had to buy and run the Newcastle Jets a few years back. 

Wellington have earned their place in the A-League. The Nix are here to stay. 

*Thanks to twitter user RyansRovers for this stat!

Featured image credit: Cameron McIntosh 

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Dan Moskovitz
Dan Moskovitz
The Football Sack's resident teen kiwi football nut. Loves everything football except defeats.

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