Wellington Phoenix Sign Promising Australian Defender


Wellington Phoenix are pleased to announce the signing of promising young Australian defender Liam McGing from National Premier Leagues side, Sutherland Sharks.

The 20-year old centre back was part of the Sydney FC squad in the 2018/19 season and has arrived from across the Tasman after agreeing terms on a one-year contract.

Having progressed through the youth ranks at Sydney United 58, he made his debut for the Sydney based side in the Asian Champions League back in May 2019 and McGing aims to force his way into Head Coach Ufuk Talay’s plans.

“I’m looking forward to coming to Wellington and working hard for a starting spot.

“There will be plenty of competition for places but I’m ready to step up and prove myself.

“It’s exciting to be part of the rebuild here at the Phoenix and with so many young, talented players, I think we will be an entertaining team to watch.”

Talay is excited by the young talent he has at his disposal ahead of the FFA Cup fixture in early August.

“We have a strong contingent of young players arriving at the club which gives us a great base to shape this squad heading into the season but also provides depth for the long campaign ahead.

“We are working hard on our import slots and those players will provide the leadership for these young players.”

McGing will join in with pre-season as the team head into their second week of preparations.



At A Glance

2015-16  Sydney United 58 Youth

2016-19  Sydney FC NPL – 53 Appearances | Coach: Jim van Weeren

2019-       Sydney FC Coach: Steve Corica

2018-19  Sutherland Sharks – 7 Appearances | Coach: Terry Palapanis