Wellington Phoenix are pleased to announce they have re-signed Tim Payne to a two-year contract extension, ensuring he remains with the club through the Hyundai A-League 2021-22 Season.
In his first season with the Phoenix, Auckland-born Payne, 25, has started the past eight matches and provided a tenacity on the field – combined with a high work-rate – that has made him a popular player with the fans.
Payne started his youth career with Auckland City FC before marking his mark at Waitakere United; he was then called to the New Zealand side for the 2011 U17 World Cup in Mexico. Prior to signing with the Phoenix this season, Payne captained Auckland-based side Eastern Suburbs to their first National title since 1971.
Payne has also represented his country at all age group levels, making his full All Whites debut in 2012, and last November played against Lithuania in an All Whites international friendly.
Head Coach Ufuk Talay says Payne has performed well in his first season in the Hyundai A-League.
“We’ve been really happy with Tim, his versatility and ability to play multiple positions has been important for us this season; he’s a great worker with a great attitude.
“Tim and the boys are all a tight-knit group; they all work for each other, they all stand up for each other and they all share a belief in the direction that we’re heading.”
This brings the tally of players signed by the Wellington Phoenix beyond this season to 13; and Coach Talay says he’s pleased with where the club is at in terms of securing players.
“Obviously we’re very happy to get these players over the line, and the players themselves are happy to know where they will be, and that they can be part of building a good foundation and culture for the Phoenix in the future.
“We want to build with these players and help them – and us – become better each year.”