The Wellington Phoenix have made their long-awaited homecoming into the capital this afternoon.
It was an emotional arrival for players and family after the team based themselves for the past nine months in Australia for two A-League campaigns due to travel restrictions created by the Covid-19 pandemic.
However, with the trans-Tasman bubble’s creation, the Phoenix are back home preparing for their first home game in over a year and their finals hopes on the line.
Defender Steven Taylor told 1 NEWS Saturday’s match against rival Western United in Wellington has all the makings of something special.
“You could see it on the lads’ faces when they came through [the arrival gate today],” Taylor said.
“The welcome we got, that’s one thing the lads have missed all season – that Phoenix fever!”
The Phoenix sit just three points outside the top six, making Saturday’s game a must-win.