The future of football in this country was firmly in focus on Sunday when New Zealand Football CEO Andy Martin met with Wellington Phoenix co-owner Gareth Morgan and General Manager David Dome.
Martin met Morgan and Dome prior to the A-League franchise-s home encounter with Adelaide United at Westpac Stadium and the NZ Football CEO said the meeting was an open conversation touching on a number of topics which could greatly influence how the game evolves in this country.
“We discussed a number of ideas and objectives which could play an important role in how the game in New Zealand continues to develop and grow,” Martin said.
“It-s clear from our discussions there is a great deal of excitement regarding the possibilities of a close working relationship between New Zealand Football and the country-s sole professional football entity.”
Morgan said Sunday-s meeting brought together two organisations with similar ambitions.
“Both New Zealand Football and the Wellington Phoenix have the same end goal: developing the game of football in New Zealand to the best of our ability,” Morgan said.
“That mutual interest will form the core of a close partnership which serves to take our game forwards with visible on-pitch progression from our most high profile teams a key focus of that aim.”
Further discussions are planned between the two organisations to look at several points from Sunday-s meeting in greater detail.