Italiano extends stay with Wellington Phoenix

Last updated 14:39 14/01/2014

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Backup goalkeeper Lewis Italiano has extended his contract with the Wellington Phoenix to the end of the 2014-15 season.

The 22-year-old Australian footballer has not yet appeared in an A-League game for the Phoenix but has impressed at training and for the club's reserve team.

Goalkeeping coach Jonathan Gould, who coached Italiano at the Perth Glory for one season, is a big fan.

"Lewis has a good presence about him and commands his box aerially," Gould said.

"He has a laidback, super personality, and a lot of things are water off a duck's back to him, which is a good trait for a goalkeeper to have."

Italiano was thrilled after initially signing for only one year.

"Gouldy is a brilliant goalkeeping coach and Mossy [Glen Moss] is great to work with," Italiano said.

"Mossy encourages me and there is always a bit of banter going on which keeps you smiling.

"As a No 2 keeper, you have to wait for your moment to arrive. Mossy had to go down the same path when he started out.

"My job is to keep pushing him and to be ready should the chance come."

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