NZ Football and Wellington Phoenix look to the future


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.