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Wellington Phoenix's Ifill set for 400th appearance

Wellington Phoenix striker Paul Ifill is set to play his 400th league match against the Central Coast Mariners on Sunday. The 31-year old English-born Barbados international has racked up 399 senior matches so far in his career; playing 256 games for Millwall from 1998-2005, 45 games for Sheffield United from 2005-07 and 67 games for Crystal Palace from 2007-09 before joining the Phoenix in 2009. He has since played 31 times for the A-League club and scored 77 goals throughout his career.

"A lot of people back home said I was injury-prone, so to reach 400 is not a bad milestone, I guess. When I was a kid all the old pros used to say 'come back when you've played 400 games', so it's nice to actually get there. Now I'm one of the senior pros and I get to say that to the kids now," Ifill said.

"But I always thought that if you could get to 400-450 games then you'd probably have really achieved something in your career, so I'm really pleased to get there. And it'll be nice to do it at home as well."

Andrew Slevison
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