Phoenix Reserve side in a state of flux

Wellington Phoenix coach Ernie Merrick is frustrated at the administration of the ASB Premiership and provisos around who can take the field in the the Phoenix Reserve side.

The Phoenix Reserves open their ASB Premiership Sunday against Team Wellington, in Wellingotn.

Eight players have so far been contracted to the reserves though only four professionally contracted players can play in each game. Merrick initially thought two Under20's players could also play.

"That seems to have changed in the final part of the negotiations and its really up to the clubs to say if we can have those other two" Merrick said today after training.

"That seems to have changed in the final part of the negotiations and its really up to the clubs to say if we can have those other two"

On the one hand the Phoenix have to provide a competitive team to protect the integrity of the ASB Premiership, yet the league's rules seem to hinder the development aspect the Phoenix are hoping to gain from having a team.

"I just can't believe that our club is in this situation, negotiating whether we can play possible All White players and World Cup under 20 players. I don't understand it."

Merrick wouldn't share the response from Team Wellington regarding this Sunday's match, and isn't yet certain of where the situation is at.

"Well they did let us know on Monday but I'm not going to tell you what they let us know, I still think there's going to be some further negotiations"

Wellington Phoenix coach Ernie Merrick


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