Brandon Wilson has been tipped to make his full Wellington Phoenix debut against Newcastle Jets next week.
Regular midfielder Matti Steinmann picked up his fifth yellow card of the season against the Brisbane Roar and will be suspended for the Jets game - which will give new signing Wilson the chance to start for the Nix.
Wilson arrived from Perth Glory after all parties agreed to a mutual termination of his contract, and the Aussie gives Ufuk Talay more strength in depth in the engine room. With Steinmann suspended and Alex Rufer still coming back from injury, Talay may turn to his new boy against Newcastle.
“We’ve got depth, that’s why we brought Brandon Wilson in. He can play as a six, Alex Rufer isn’t ready yet at this stage but we brought Brandon in,” said the head coach.
The former Burnley youngster will have to fight with Te Atawhai Hudson for his place though, as the versatile Kiwi is pushing to be including in the first 11 as well.
Talay added: “We have Te Atawhai Hudson who can play in that role as well. We have depth in the squad and players will step in and take their opportunity.”
Wellington had their nine game unbeaten run ended at the hands of the Roar, who came away from their home game with a 1-0 win.
On another day the Nix would have snatched all three points, but Robbie Fowler’s men rode their luck and enjoyed some poor Kiwi finishing to take a much needed three points.
Fowler was nicknamed God from his Liverpool days and Talay added that there must have been some divine intervention to prevent Wellington from hitting the back of the net.
“We continue on. Today God was on Gods side, Robbie Fowler.”