Wellington Phoenix announce Lia testimonial

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The veteran midfielder is the only foundation Phoenix player still at the club and has been involved in most of their biggest moments

Wellington Phoenix will hold a testimonial match for midfielder Vince Lia on March 11 as he approaches a decade with the A-League club.

Lia is the Phoenix's only remaining foundation player in their squad, with the 31-year-old having made 190 appearances for the New Zealand-based outfit since joining Wellington from Melbourne Victory before the 2007-08 season.

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On Wednesday, Wellington announced they will hold a testimonial match for Lia at David Farrington Park and a dinner in his honour at Westpac Stadium.

The testimonial match will see a Vince Lia Legends XI take on a side led by Wellington mayor Justin Lester, with former Phoenix players such as Daniel, Manny Muscat, Paul Ifill and Ben Sigmund set to be involved.

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While Lia has flitted in and out of Wellington's starting XI at different stages during his nine years at the club, the Shepparton-born midfielder has been close to a permanent fixture in 2016-17, starting 19 of the Phoenix's 20 A-League matches.

Lia is one of only 19 players to have made over 200 A-League appearances, with 24 of his 214 games coming with Victory in the first two seasons of the competition.

 

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