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."