Wellington Phoenix sign experienced Hyundai A-League defender


Wellington Phoenix are excited to announce the signing of Hyundai A-League defender Antony Golec from Central Coast Mariners until the end of the season.

The 28-year-old, Australian defender, Antony Golec, has seen plenty of Hyundai A-League action, racking up 90 appearances in the competition.

Golec started his career at Sydney United before continuing his youth development at Sydney FC where he made his Hyundai A-League debut.

After making a string of appearances for the Sydney club, he moved to Adelaide United under the stewardship of Rini Coolen.

Golec then moved to Western Sydney Wanderers and played a pivotal role in their AFC Champions League win and FIFA Club World Cup campaign, in which they finished fifth.

After a two-year stay at Central Coast Mariners, Golec decided it was the right time to move on.

“I have been watching Wellington Phoenix and believe it’s the most exciting team in the competition.

“Having spoken to Mark, I was impressed with the mental toughness and togetherness of the squad and I wanted to bring my Hyundai A-League experience into it.

“I believe in what Mark is doing here and I want be a big part of it and do my best to help this club be successful again.

“He (Rudan) has created a team of leaders and I believe we can definitely reach the finals this year.

“I am very excited to get started and can’t wait to make New Zealand my new home.”

Wellington Phoenix Head Coach, Mark Rudan commented “Antony has been very successful in his career, not many can boast winning the Asian Champions League.

“His experience winning trophies at club level will be fundamental in our plans for progression towards the finished product.”

Rudan pinpointed competition as a big factor within his squad.

“As I’ve said before, competition within my squad is extremely important and recruiting players like Antony will push the playing squad to guarantee our performance is kept at an optimum level.”

Golec will wear Number 12 and could make an appearance for his new club this Saturday at midnight (NZT) against Perth Glory.


At a Glance

2008                Sydney United

2008-11          Sydney FC – Coach: John Kosmina

2011                  Sydney United

2011-14           Adelaide United – Coach: Rini Coolen, John Kosmina, Josep Gombau

2014-15           Western Sydney Wanderers – Coach: Tony Popovic

2015-16           Perth Glory – Coach: Kenny Lowe

2016                Sheriff Tiraspol – Coach: Zoran Vulić

2017                Bucheon FC

2017-19         Central Coast Mariners –  Coach: Paul Okon, Mike Mulvey