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im­pact for ev­ery­body, not just this club? I know there were frac­tured re­la­tion­ships when I came here, I was in­un­dated with in­for­ma­tion and I’m a pretty cu­ri­ous per­son but I think the most im­por­tant thing for this club is the game and we’ve got an op­por­tu­nity to change things at this club and more im­por­tantly change the game here.

‘‘For a long time liv­ing in the other coun­try we used to look over to New Zealand and sort of look down. But one thing I said to my play­ers is as Ki­wis be proud of who you are, get rid of that in­fe­rior com­plex that has been around, that stigma that’s been there for a long time. There’s been great mo­ments for this coun­try against Aus­tralia but can we get more of them?’’

With 22 points to their name, the Phoenix have al­ready sur­passed their to­tal from last sea­son in only 13 games. They are fifth on the lad­der.

‘‘We’ve still got a long way to go but if we can get peo­ple be­liev­ing in this foot­ball club and a good wave, the rip­ple ef­fect goes into the rest of them.

‘‘One thing we need to do is be together. It’s a small coun­try and Welling­ton is a small city as well. If we can get good peo­ple, good foot­ball peo­ple in­volved in the game then hope­fully not just our foot­ball club but the game in [gen­eral] can start to lift.’’

The Phoenix’s next match is away to Mel­bourne Vic­tory, the first of four con­sec­u­tive games against the top-four teams.

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