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Wellington Phoenix may not play in capital until season kicks off

Wellington Phoenix will more than likely not play in their home town until the A-League season commences.

The capital-based club will play just once against another A-League in the pre-season on home soil and the match will be in Christchurch.

With the cancellation of the Pre-Season Cup and the proposed match against English club Wigan not going ahead, Phoenix will only play champions Melbourne Victory in the pre-season.

"Unfortunately Wigan have decided to stay in Europe, but I can understand their decision," said Phoenix chief Tony Pignata.

"We've had a lot of offers from English premier league clubs but . . . the economic climate plays a part. We've always said it has to be financially viable for us.

"We're talking with Christchurch about going down there and doing a training camp, maybe playing a Canterbury selection and Melbourne Victory," Pignata adde.

"We were very well received there last year."

Andrew Slevison
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