Last season’s surprise packets can go even further this year in my view.
The Wellington Phoenix enjoyed a brilliant end to their season, winning games, attracting crowds and playing a very watchable brand of football under Ricki Herbert and this season should be no different.
Overall, last season was huge for football in New Zealand with the national team making the World Cup and then performing so well in South Africa, and the Phoenix rising to the top echelon of clubs in Australia’s domestic league.
2010/11 may see the Phoenix push even further up the table after experiencing finals for the first time last campaign but star striker Paul Ifill will need to get even better and create a strong goalscoring partnership with Chris Greenacre if Herbert wants to win regularly.
Tim Brown is a key player in midfield and will be joined by the likes of Leo Bertos, Troy Hearfield and Daniel whilst skipper Andrew Durante will have a new defensive partner with former Newcastle United captain Jade North making his way to the club.
Last season: 4th
tribalfootball’s Prediction: 1st
Biggest signing: Jade North
Biggest loss: Jon McKain
Key men: Paul Ifill, Tim Brown, Andrew Durante, Mark Paston