Wellington Phoenix have announced that defender Liam McGing has re-signed with the club on a one-year contract.
“It was exciting for me to get out there for my debut [against Brisbane Roar], especially as it was against my brother’s team – a very proud moment for myself and my family.”
21-year-old McGing played in three matches for the Phoenix during the 2019/20 season, making his A-League debut in a 2–1 win over Brisbane Roar on 23 November 2019. McGing also played 10 matches with the Wellington Phoenix Reserves.
Wellington Phoenix Head Coach, Ufuk Talay says that the 6’3” McGing has a chance to make an impact for the Phoenix in the 2020/21 season.
“Liam brings a solid defensive presence to the centre back position and he helps to shore up our depth in the backline.
“It’s good to have him back in the squad and we look forward to watching him continue to grow; we’ll be counting on him to contribute next season.”
McGing says that he’s happy to have re-signed and is looking forward to contributing next season.
“There’s a fair few familiar faces back, as well as some new ones, so it’s exciting and I can’t wait to get into training - I think we had a good season and I’m looking forward to building on that this coming season.”
Looking back on last season, McGing said playing in the A-League was the culmination of a long-held dream for him and his older brother Jake, who played last season for Brisbane Roar and will suit up for Macarthur FC in the 2020/21 season.
“It was exciting for me to get out there for my debut[against Brisbane Roar], especially as it was against my brother’s team – a very proud moment for myself and my family.”
Looking ahead to the new season, McGing says he wants to push for a starting spot.
“Hopefully I’ll get the opportunity to play a lot more minutes this season; but like everyone else the primary focus is on getting match ready and pushing for a Finals spot.”
McGing will stay with the Phoenix squad at the University of Wollongong for the next three weeks, where the team is holding their pre-season camp. If the squad stays on in New South Wales following this camp, then the Sydney-based McGing will look to base himself at home for the season.
“It’ll be a lot easier for me living out of home, but for these Kiwi boys it’s a big sacrifice to spend up to eight months in Australia for the coming season – it’s a credit to them.
“Hopefully we can all settle into Wollongong for these next three weeks to prepare for the season ahead; it’s a great place and hopefully we’ll all enjoy our time here.”