11 Sep 2015

Phoenix sign a couple of teenagers

11:13 am on 11 September 2015

The Wellington Phoenix have signed a couple of teenagers to three-year A-League contracts.

James McGarry (L) playing for the Wellington Phoenix in the ASB Premiership.

James McGarry (L) playing for the Wellington Phoenix in the ASB Premiership. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

17-year-olds James McGarry and Logan Rogerson have been promoted from the Club's Academy.

Coach Ernie Merrick said there is every chance one, or both, could play in the Hyundai A-League in the coming season.

'I wouldn't sign them on a pro contract if I didn't think they had a chance of playing in the A-League," Merrick said.

"The last two 17-year-olds we signed (Matthew Ridenton and Alex Rufer) have played in the A-League, represented New Zealand through the age grades and appeared for the All Whites.

McGarry will continue his studies at St Patrick's College alongside his football career this season.

McGarry's father, Michael, represented New Zealand 54 times between 1986 and 1997.

McGarry surprised Merrick during that first training session by shouting instructions to the senior players.

"It wasn't only his skills that impressed me but his confidence," Merrick said.

Merrick is just as enthusiastic about Rogerson's future with the Phoenix.

"Logan has the skills to go a long way in the game and he is a well-built young man with terrific stamina," the coach said.

Rogerson has already made his first All Whites squad, having been part of the squad that drew with Myanmar.

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