Fenton loves his Tawa AFC roots

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Louis Fenton hopes his lat­est in­jury set back will be dealt with quickly.

The 23-year-old Welling­ton Phoenix de­fender has had an in­jury-hit five sea­sons as a pro­fes­sional foot­baller and he is once again forced to the side­line.

Dur­ing a pre-sea­son match in China about six weeks ago, he said he heard a crack and felt im­me­di­ate pain in his pu­bic bone.

‘‘I played on, but it didn’t set­tle down and there’s in­flam­ma­tion there,’’ he said.

‘‘I’m run­ning again, but I can’t kick a ball yet, so I’m the guy do­ing laps [of New­town Park] while the rest of the guys are into proper train­ing.‘‘

Fenton said he was gut­ted to learn he would miss the sea­son opener, against Mel­bourne City at West­pac Sta­dium on Oc­to­ber 8. He was hope­ful of mak­ing the sec­ond round fix­ture, away at Perth Glory on Oc­to­ber 16.

Af­ter shoul­der in­juries in 2013 and 2014, Fenton said he could see light at the end of the tun­nel.

Even at 23, he said he felt much older and it was time to kick his ca­reer into an­other gear, and that in­cluded mak­ing reg­u­lar starts for the All Whites.

‘‘You never want to miss the first game, es­pe­cially as it’s in front of a home crowd.

‘‘It’s my favourite part of the year. I’ve had a few set­backs over the years and a lot of time on the side­line, but it’s part of sport. Once I’m back out there, it’s up to me to make the time count.’’

Tawa born and bred, Fenton has fond mem­o­ries of his for­ma­tive years at Tawa AFC.

He said it was a bril­liant fam­ily club with ded­i­cated coaches and vol­un­teers and he loved be­ing part of it for a dozen years.

With friends still play­ing for Tawa, he en­joys go­ing back to watch matches at Red­wood Park.

‘‘I was back [this win­ter] to see a few games and you al­ways get wel­comed back in. The club has al­ways been very good to me.’’

In 2009, Fenton was part of the Tawa AFC top side that en­dured a long sea­son to win pro­mo­tion to the Cen­tral League.

‘‘It’s still one of the hap­pi­est mem­o­ries I have play­ing the game - we won the [Cap­i­tal Pre­mier] league and then went through the play­offs. It was a great team and [striker and sea­soned pro] Pete Withers is still one of the best play­ers I’ve played with.’’

HEAD TO THE GAMES

The first three home games are: Mel­bourne City, Oc­to­ber 8; Syd- ney FC, Oc­to­ber 23; New­cas­tle Jets, Novem­ber 5.

All reg­is­tered Cap­i­tal Foot­ball ju­nior play­ers can re­ceive a Ju­nior Nix card to at­tend those games for free, plus a pass for one adult to the first game. A ju­nior mem­ber­ship for the re­main­der of the sea­son is $20. Full de­tails at ju­nior clubs.

PHOTO: AN­DREW TURNER

Louis Fenton can’t wait to get on the field for this year’s A-League sea­son.

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