A Solomon Island International has helped Team Wellington knock over the Phoenix Reserves in the opening round local derby of New Zealand's ASB Football Premiership in Miramar 2-1.
Team Wellington entered the match looking to build on a successful preseason campaign which saw them secure the services of Napier City Rovers defender Bill Robertson, Auckland's Alex Feneridis and Luis Corrales as well as claiming the ASB Charity Cup against Auckland City.
Henry Fa'arodo played 80 minutes on Sunday and says he's excited about the season.
The former A-league player and OFC Champions League winner says his experience has shown that any new players will be brought into the club environment smoothly.
"The support is very good. How they support players that come in is something that makes a lot of difference in a player. Just like support in that they understand the different lifestyle that you come from and they try to make you feel at home as much as possible and try and set you up as well and help you settle down in your environment. That's one thing I notice."
In other matches, defending champion's Auckland City defeated Hawke's Bay United 3-2 and Canterbury beat WaiBOP United 2-0 and Waitakere United came from behind to eventually beat Wanderers SC 3-2.