With his contract problems finally solved Michael McGlinchey is excited about the season ahead and is confident his new club can finish high up on the Hyundai A-League ladder.
“It took three months longer than I thought but I am just relieved it is sorted and hope people don’t keep bringing it up,” McGlinchey said of the contract saga.
“I’m now a Wellington Phoenix player and just want to get on with helping make it a successful season for the club.
“I enjoyed the two games I played in Sydney last week and we showed against Sydney FC on Friday night that we are competitive.
“That was a good measure because they have had a very good pre-season, and I felt we dominated them in the first half when we showed we can pass the ball well and quickly.
“You could tell from the reaction on their bench that we were causing them problems.”
McGlinchey said the players coach Ernie Merrick has brought in – himself, Alex Rodriguez, Nathan Burns and Roly Bonevacia – had gelled well with the established players.
“What I’ve seen so far has given me a good feeling and I am really excited about the season ahead,” he said.
“We have the players to finish high up in the league.
“It is important to get a good start. If you get results early on it gives you something to build on.”
Ironically the Phoenix’ first away game is at Central Coast Mariners, his former club, but that isn’t fazing the midfielder.
“I just have to treat is another game and I’m sure I will enjoy it if we get a result,” he said.
“I’ve always had a good relationship with the Mariners players and fans and I hope that hasn’t changed.
“First though we have Perth Glory to contend with and that is my focus now.”