Michael McGlinchey scores for NZ XI and waits
He's now played and scored against the Wellington Phoenix - all that remains for Michael McGlinchey is to discover if he can finally play for the club.
The All White played a full game for a New Zealand Select XI against what should be his new A-League club in Taupo yesterday, scoring in a 3-2 defeat.
McGlinchey wouldn't talk after about his ongoing transfer wrangle between the Phoenix, his former A-League side Central Coast Mariners and Football Federation Australia. The two clubs are meant to provide more information to an independent arbitrator today but Phoenix coach Ernie Merrick believes that his club can't do any more to facilitate the move.
"I'm sick of it," said Merrick, who is desperate to finally secure the influential playmaker.
McGlinchey had to play second fiddle in the first half as two excellent Roy Krishna strikes put Wellington 2-0 up at the break, but he was a key figure in the second half, pushing the NZ side forward.
Goals from Jeremy Brockie - another Phoenix player on loan for the day - and McGlinchey drew them level before Krishna slid in the winner in added time.
"How much did he [McGlinchey] enjoy that?" Merrick asked.
"And he scored a goal as well. I was a bit surprised he played 90 minutes - he's been a long time out of competitive football."
Merrick said McGlinchey had been training hard with the club and was equally desperate for an outcome. Does he expect one this week?
"I have no idea - I've just moved on to preparing a team the best way I can," Merrick said.
Merrick had plenty to be enthused about what was on display at Owen Delany Park yesterday, as Brockie and Tyler Boyd were lively throughout against their regular team-mates.
Krishna, Alex Rodriguez, Albert Riera and teenager Alex Rufer stood out for the victors while Krishna opened the scoring in the fourth minute when he pounced on a Michael Boxall error with ruthless efficiency.
Intercepting Boxall's mishit square ball near halfway, he sprinted away and with defenders closing, stabbed a delicate chip on the run over a stranded Glen Moss from 25 metres that nestled into the back of the net.
His second came courtesy of an exquisite ball from Rufer.
The son of former All White Shane Rufer, the gifted midfielder seems poised to build on the youthful promise he and fellow teenager Michael Ridenton displayed in their debut campaigns last season.