Fen­ton’s call-up not a hoax call

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Louis Fen­ton has achieved one of his foot­balling dreams by land­ing a pro­fes­sional con­tract – al­though he thought the ini­tial call from his gaffer last week was a wind-up.

The 19- year- old for­mer Tawa AFC striker was handed a three­year con­tract with the Welling­ton Phoenix last Tues­day, join­ing fel­low Football School of Ex­cel­lence mem­ber Tyler Boyd onto the se­nior play­ing staff. The duo were put through their paces in the off­sea­son and both im­pressed at train­ing and on the Phoenix’s tour of In­dia.

But that didn’t mean Fen­ton took man­ager Ricki Her­bert’s phone call se­ri­ously.

“I didn’t know Ricki’s voice on the phone and re­ally thought it was a wind-up. Once I re­alised it was a gen­uine call I was buzzing and I’m still buzzing now af­ter get­ting a con­tract.

‘‘This has been the best year of my life – just train­ing with the Phoenix was great, but now to hope­fully be push­ing for a place in the play­ing squad is awe­some.’’

Fen­ton has been play­ing re­cently for the Mel­bourne Knights in the Vic­to­ria State League. Af­ter he got Her­bert’s call he booked his flights back to Welling­ton.

“I will never stop work­ing hard be­cause that’s the way I am, and I want to prove to Ricki that I am ready to play in the A-League if he needs me.

‘‘If I get a chance, I have noth­ing to lose, they [the op­po­si­tion] won’t know any­thing about me and it would be nice to sur­prise a few peo­ple.’’

Tawa AFC pres­i­dent Mike Wood says the club is de­lighted for Fen­ton, who was iden­ti­fied years ago as a player with huge po­ten­tial, and has worked hard.

‘‘He’s been out­stand­ing and does his job well, last year for Team Welling­ton he looked the goods and he de­serves his shot with the Phoenix. We were all pray­ing that he got that con­tract and were so happy he did.’’

Photo: FAIR­FAX

Sharp shooter: Tawa’s Louis Fen­ton, play­ing for Team Welling­ton last sum­mer, hopes to make an im­pact with the Welling­ton Phoenix in the A-League.

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