Push for Phoenix reserve team gains pace

The Wellington Phoenix are pushing hard for the inclusion of a reserve team in the national league, describing it as critical to the club's future. Article courtesy of the Dominion Post.

Article courtesy of the Dominion Post.

The Wellington Phoenix are pushing hard for the inclusion of a reserve team in the national league, describing it as critical to the club's future.

A lack of a reserve or youth team playing meaningful matches has been a major issue for the Phoenix since the A-League club's inception in 2007.

Promising youngsters have nowhere to hone their skills, while players returning from injury are without a vehicle to regain match fitness.

But finally there could be a breakthrough, as New Zealand Football considers a proposal from the Phoenix to enter the national league.