A-League season preview: Wellington Phoenix

Brave and bold the Phoenix were in the 2011-12 campaign, but Ricki Herbert will again need to work his magic to keep his side abreast of the competition's frontrunners
GOAL.com Indonesia   By KIERAN JONES


2011-12: FOURTH [12-11-4] COACH: RICKI HERBERT

2012-13 SQUAD

Mark Paston, Manny Muscat, Tony Lochhead, Michael Boxall, Alex Smith, Leo Bertos, Paul Ifill, Benjamin Totori, Stein Huysegems, Jeremy Brockie, Tyler Boyd, Mirjan Pavlovic, Cameron Lindsay, Louis Fenton, Vince Lia, Ben Sigmund, Jimmy Downey, Glen Moss, Dani Sanchez, Andrew Durante, Lucas Pantelis, Ricardo Clarke.

In: Michael Boxall, Benjamin Totori, Stein Huysegems, Jeremy Brockie, Glen Moss, Ricardo Clarke, Louis Fenton, Tyler Boyd.

Out: Tim Brown, Chris Greenacre, Daniel, Nick Ward, Nikolas Tsattalios, Tony Warner, Brent Griffiths.


STAR MAN: Paul Ifill ONE TO WATCH:  Stein Huysegems

The Phoenix's highest scorer in the 2011-12 season will again be the man other teams fear when they play Wellington, provided he can keep relatively injury free.   

The Belgian journeyman, 30, will be worth watching up front, if only to see how commentators fare when saying his last name. Adds structure to the XI.        


The Phoenix have not had the same amount of high off-season rotation as many of the other A-league clubs, and that stability could serve them well in the 2012-13 season. Fourth last year was an accurate reflection of where the Phoenix are at, with veteran coach Ricki Herbert again looking to guide his side into the top echelons of the table.


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