New Phoenix formation suits skipper

Published on: 14 February 2019

Wellington Phoenix captain Andrew Durante is enjoying playing in a new system in what's set to be his final season in the A-League.

The 36-year-old has already changed his mind once about retirement - he made the call at the start of last year before agreeing a new deal - and at this stage he's not ruling out playing on in 2019/20.

If this is to be my last season, this is the way I want it to be, enjoying it, the team doing well.

Andrew Durante

But whether or not it turns out to be his final season, he's glad he opted to keep playing as he is revelling in being part of a central defensive trio.

The Phoenix are having a good season under Mark Rudan, a Finals Series spot well within their grasp.

They are sixth in the table, eight points clear of seventh-placed Newcastle with nine games left.

Durante has been with Wellington since 2008 and is the A-League's all-time record holder in appearances with 295.

He's had six different coaches at the club, and says he's enjoying how Rudan has the team playing.

Speaking of the three centre-backs formation, the former New Zealand international said: "I know it really well from playing with the All Whites and at some previous clubs; it suits me to a tee.

"It's a position where you need really good organisation skills and reading of the game and it is something I believe I possess. [I'm] enjoying the season, enjoying my own form at the moment."

Durante said he hadn't yet made a firm decision about whether to extend his career beyond the end of this season.

"If this is to be my last season, this is the way I want it to be, enjoying it, the team doing well, [the] supporters and fans being really positive. If it is my last season, then I will go out really happy," he added.

Wellington Phoenix are 20/1 to win the Grand Final.

The Phoenix are 21/10 to win their next game against Melbourne Victory, who are 11/10 with the draw 11/4.

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Wellington Phoenix captain Andrew Durante is enjoying playing in a new system in what's set to be his final season in the A-League.

The 36-year-old has already changed his mind once about retirement - he made the call at the start of last year before agreeing a new deal - and at this stage he's not ruling out playing on in 2019/20.

If this is to be my last season, this is the way I want it to be, enjoying it, the team doing well.

Andrew Durante

But whether or not it turns out to be his final season, he's glad he opted to keep playing as he is revelling in being part of a central defensive trio.

The Phoenix are having a good season under Mark Rudan, a Finals Series spot well within their grasp.

They are sixth in the table, eight points clear of seventh-placed Newcastle with nine games left.

Durante has been with Wellington since 2008 and is the A-League's all-time record holder in appearances with 295.

He's had six different coaches at the club, and says he's enjoying how Rudan has the team playing.

Speaking of the three centre-backs formation, the former New Zealand international said: "I know it really well from playing with the All Whites and at some previous clubs; it suits me to a tee.

"It's a position where you need really good organisation skills and reading of the game and it is something I believe I possess. [I'm] enjoying the season, enjoying my own form at the moment."

Durante said he hadn't yet made a firm decision about whether to extend his career beyond the end of this season.

"If this is to be my last season, this is the way I want it to be, enjoying it, the team doing well, [the] supporters and fans being really positive. If it is my last season, then I will go out really happy," he added.

Wellington Phoenix are 20/1 to win the Grand Final.

The Phoenix are 21/10 to win their next game against Melbourne Victory, who are 11/10 with the draw 11/4.

View all Soccer betting

Source: bet365.com

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