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Things are buzzing in the Wellington Phoenix camp

According to goalkeeper Liam Reddy and defender Jon McKain, things are really buzzing in the Wellington Phoenix camp at the moment.

After a nail-biting penalties win in their knockout semi-final against Perth Glory on Sunday, the Phoenix are now preparing for a major semi-final clash with the Newcastle Jets on Sunday March 7 and have two weeks ahead of them to get ready for arguably the biggest game in New Zealand club football history.

With an Asian Cup break this weekend that will see the All Whites take on Mexico in a friendly on March 3 and the Socceroos meeting Indonesia in an Asian Cup qualifier on the same date, a few Phoenix players will be away from the club which Reddy admits will makes things a touch more difficult in their preparations but is happy with the way things are progressing towards the final.

"The job's not done. We're focusing on the Newcastle game and we've got a tough preparation obviously, with the All Whites away and a couple of boys in the Socceroos, so it's going to be a tough two weeks," Reddy said.

McKain, who has been selected for the Socceroos squad, said: "We've just had a feeling around the camp for two months now, we're not ready to finish yet, so hopefully we can have a good week away and get at Newcastle."

And both McKain and Reddy said they were unsure of their futures after this season but things pointed to a stay at Wellington.

"I want to be at a successful club and I think we've got the ingredients here. I want to achieve goals and win things, and we're going the right way about it, so who knows," McKain said.

Reddy added: "I don't think it's fair to start talking with the club or any other club at the moment. It's a great club to be involved in, so at the end of the season I will sit down with my family ... and we'll go from there."

Andrew Slevison
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