New Nix signing announced

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Coming off the back of their second win of the season, Wellington Phoenix have signed a new player.

The Phoenix have also teamed up with the Wollongong Wolves. The Wolves host Manly United in their first home game of the season on Sunday. This match will be used as a curtain raiser for the Nix’s clash with Perth at WIN Stadium.

The double-header is a great opportunity for Wollongong to further their push for an A-League side. It has been talked about over the last few years as a possibility for the league’s expansion, and something locals are very hopeful of.

Wollongong’s head coach Luke Wilkshire substantiated this earlier in the week.

“It’s important for us to have the Phoenix based in Wollongong, and a good opportunity for this region to show that we can sustain and support A-League football,” he said.

“Especially if it’s something we want to have here in the future.”

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Wilkshire’s Wolves have a substantial following in the area and it has the potential to be prosperous for both parties. Especially for the Nix, who see this as an opportunity to strengthen their following for the rest of the season.

Phoenix striker David Ball said the expected atmosphere would have a positive impact on the side’s performance.

“If we can get the crowd going and get that atmosphere that we need at football games – that obviously we miss having – it really helps the lads on the team, it gives us pure adrenalin,” he said.

It proves to the Nix faithful back in New Zealand that their club is in safe hands with the people of Wollongong.

In an additional boost for the Phoenix they have re-signed their former skipper Steven Taylor.

There had been talk of the Nix going back into the market to sign a central defender. The signing of the former English Premier League central defender is a massive coup for the club.

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“Stevie is a class act and he’ll bring that leadership that we need in the backline, especially with Luke [DeVere] out with injury,” said coach Ufuk Talay.

“I’m looking forward to joining back up with my teammates in Wollongong and working under Uffy again and doing my best for the Phoenix fans back in New Zealand and across Australia.”

Taylor still is faced with two weeks of NSW mandated quarantine before being assessed by the Wellington staff. Their hope is to get him into the side as quickly as possible.

His addition to their defensive line will be vital.

Feature Image Credit: Cameron McIntosh

 

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