The Wellington Phoenix's lengthy pre-season campaign will continue next week with a trip to Fiji.
The tour will see the Phoenix take on the Fiji national team twice, while the Phoenix Premiers will face the Fiji Under-23 team in curtain-raisers in Suva on Saturday, June 27 and in Ba on Tuesday, June 30.
The Wellington Phoenix squad includes 14 contracted players but excludes striker Roy Krishna who will play for the Fijian national team.
Sixteen players have been selected for the Premiers squad, which includes eight academy players, and has an average age of just 17.4 years.
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Contracted Phoenix players Louis Fenton, Alex Rufer and Oliver Sail weren't selected to travel as they are expected to be named in the New Zealand Under-23 squad for the OFC Championship in Papua New Guinea in early July.
Curiously, New Zealand under-20s midfielder Matthew Ridenton doesn't appear to be in the mix for the squad to play in Papua New Guinea despite the 19-year-old being capped by the All Whites, so he will play for the Phoenix in Fiji.
The Phoenix recently sent a team to the Hong Kong Soccer Sevens after they finished their 2014-2015 A-League campaign when they were knocked out in the playoffs by Melbourne City.
The draw for the 2015-2016 A-League season is yet to be released.
Wellington Phoenix: Glen Moss, Manny Muscat, Roly Bonevacia, Alex Rodriguez, Nathan Burns, Michael McGlinchey, Kwabena Appiah, Albert Riera, Vince Lia, Ben Sigmund, Thomas Doyle, Lewis Italiano, Andrew Durante, Matthew Ridenton
Wellington Phoenix Premiers: Justin Gulley, Xavier Pratt, Tamupiwa Dimairo, Christian Johnson, Cherbel Khouchaba, Marcel Kampman, Ruairi Cahill-Fleury, Sam Wilson, Sam Gillespie, Washington Bgoni, Sapreet Singh, Joe Bell, Sam Philip, James McGarry, Nathaniel Hailemariam, Luke Tongue