Soccer: Phoenix first to benefit from Del Piero show

The Phoenix and Sydney FC get their A-League seasons underway on October 6th. Photo / Getty Images.
The Phoenix and Sydney FC get their A-League seasons underway on October 6th. Photo / Getty Images.

The Wellington Phoenix will get their first hint tomorrow of how successful Sydney's high profile signing Italian star Alessandro Del Piero has been.

Tickets go on sale in the morning for the Sydney side's opening match of the season against the Phoenix in Wellington.

Phoenix General Manager David Dome says Del Piero is already creating massive interest in the game.

"There's no doubt about it there's been a huge amount of interest. We've been fielding calls left right and centre from not only people in New Zealand but also in Australia. I think there'll be quite a large travelling contingent actually and I think Del Piero, in terms of his first A-League outing, will draw a huge crowd in Wellington."

The Phoenix and Sydney FC get their A-League campaigns underway on October 6th and the Wellington side are hopeful the squad they've got is the squad they'll start the A-League season with.

The Phoenix have all but finalised their squad, with the signings of Academy players Louis Fenton and Tyler Boyd.

General Manager David Dome says they may still have to bring in injury cover.

"We think Paul Ifill's probably going to come right now so we won't need injury cover for him, but Danny Sanchez has got an injury and we're just looking at him and assessing how long he's going to potentially be out for so we may have to bring someone in to cover for him.''

Winger Lucas Pantelis, who missed all of last season with a knee injury, remains in doubt for the season.

- Newstalk ZB

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