Wellington Phoenix sign defender Tom Doyle
The Wellington Phoenix have signed Kiwi left back Tom Doyle on a two-year contract.
The 22-year-old Team Wellington and Miramar Rangers man impressed in last week's Football United Tour, more than holding his own against West Ham and Newcastle.
Doyle's signing had been well signposted, but he declined to do interviews last week as to not count his chickens.
"I didn't want to jinx it because I wanted it so much," Doyle said.
"I just wanted to keep my head down and show Ernie [coach Ernie Merrick] that I was up to the job. Hearing I was getting a contract was a massive relief and now I have to go for it and show the coach he has made the right decision.
"Since I was a five-year-old I've wanted to be a professional footballer because it is the best job in the world."
Doyle admitted that he hadn't taken his previous opportunities at the Phoenix as a member of the club's football school of excellence.
"Perhaps we were given too much when we went into that environment and were training with the first team every day. Some of the boys, notably Tyler (Boyd) and Louis (Fenton) were able to cope but I didn't.
"I was living with seven mates in a university-type lifestyle and didn't do myself justice at the FSE... I was gutted when I was released from the FSE and was determined it wouldn't happen a second time. I now have sensible living arrangements, am eating well and preparing well."