Wellington Phoenix Coach and Players Named In PFA Hyundai A-League Team of the Season


The Wellington Phoenix are delighted to see Nix coach Ufuk Talay, alongside players Ulises Dávila, Liberato Cacace and Steven Taylor, named in The Professional Footballers Australia (the PFA) A-League Team of the Season.

The PFA this afternoon announced their annual Hyundai A-League Team of the Season, which comprises of a 11-man squad alongside six substitutes, coach and referee – all voted in by the players of each club at the conclusion of the regular season.

In his first year in the Hyundai A-League, Dávila was voted into the team’s three-man midfield in recognition of his outstanding season. 19 year old rising star Cacace was included in the team’s back four, and Phoenix Captain Steven Taylor joined the substitutes.

Ufuk Talay’s first year at the helm of Wellington was honoured, with the players voting the former Australian youth international as the team’s Head Coach.

Talay says that it is an honour to be voted in by the players for this award.

“To receive this award in my first year coaching in the A-League is unexpected, and I appreciate the honour the players around the league have bestowed on me – it’s very humbling, especially in light of the challenging season everyone has had over the past 13 months.

“Credit for this award needs to go to the Nix players, who have been fantastic and extremely coachable this season – and also to the Phoenix coaching staff and operations staff, whose work behind the scenes is vital to the club’s success.”

The full PFA Hyundai A-League Team of the Season can be viewed at www.pfa.net.au