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Wellington's Ifill rates A-League on par with English League One

Wellington Phoenix's English-born Barbadian import, Paul Ifill, believes the A-League is about the same standard as League One in England.

After five games in Australia's top flight, Ifill says the overall standard is similar to what he is used to playing but has also found out that the standard between certain individuals has a massive gap.

''I would say that overall the standard is a bit like League One, but you have some players who could easily play in the Championship, maybe even the Premiership, and others who would be at League Two or the Conference," Ifill said.

"I suppose it's because the league is still quite new after only five years and is still sorting out its level. It will take more time"

Ifill did admit, however, that some of the younger players in the league are quite impressive.

''I have been impressed by some of the youngsters I have seen in the short time I have been here though, and if they make the move at the right time and get the right luck they could easily play overseas," he added.

"We have a young boy at Wellington who has been injured but who has trained with the first team, a boy called Marco Rojas, who has great ability. Kofi Danning at Sydney looks like he has a real future, while Jason Hoffman at Newcastle did well against us when he scored twice.''

Andrew Slevison
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