9 Aug 2009

Phoenix have a point to prove third time around

6:49 am on 9 August 2009

The Wellington Phoenix head into their third A league football season this weekend looking to prove their doubters wrong.

Last year they finished sixth in the eight-team competition and the year before that they were the wooden spooners.

Now expanded to a 10-team competition, the side has a new look up front this season after they lost last season's golden boot winner Shane Smeltz to the newly formed Gold Coast side.

Former Crystal Palace striker Paul Ifill has joined the side and he says while he knew little about the competition before he arrived he's been pleasantly surprised.