EPL striker Phoenix's marquee man

Gary Hooper speaks to media at his official unveiling.

Wellington Phoenix have landed the marquee striker they believe will catapult the club back into playoff contention.

Ex-EPL boss to help A-League

Former Premier League executive chairman Richard Scudamore has become a "special advisor" to the A-League.

The man who helped turn the EPL into a worldwide commercial behemoth has officially joined the push to save the A-League.

Phoenix sure the goals will come

Phoenix forward Callum McCowatt vies for possession with Western defender Josh Risdon.

Callum McCowatt doesn't think it will take long for the Phoenix to find their finishing touch.

Phoenix lack cutting edge up front

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 13: Coach Ufuk Talay of the Phoenix talks to his players during the Round 1 A-League ...

Wellington Phoenix's lacklustre A-League season opener highlighted their need for a proven goal-scorer.

Durante jeered then cheered on return

Andrew Durante applauds Yellow Fever on his way off the pitch.

He was booed every time he touched the ball but Phoenix fans did eventually pay tribute to returning captain Andrew Durante.

Rudan has last laugh

Western striker Besart Berisha celebrates after scoring in the first half.

Phoenix lose season opener against Mark Rudan's Western United.

Wellington's answer to Sarpreet Singh

Ulises Davila signed a five-year contract with Chelsea in 2011 but never played.

He was once considered good enough to sign a five-year deal with Premier League giants Chelsea, so can Ulises Davila take the A-League by storm?

Phoenix expect fans to respect Rudan

Steven Taylor will lead a new-look Wellington Phoenix squad this season.

Steven Taylor urges fans to remember positive contributions the club's former coach and captain made.

Phoenix begin season without key striker

Ufuk Talay remains hopeful of landing an import striker before the transfer window closes.

Coach Ufuk Talay is hopeful of having a new forward signed before the transfer window closes, but he won't be available for Sunday's season opener.

Durante: Why I left the Phoenix

Phoenix captain Andrew Durante applauds the crowd after a match against the Jets last season.

He was captain of Wellington Phoenix for 11 long years. So why did Andrew Durante leave? He reveals all ahead of his much-anticipated return to Westpac Stadium.

Young striker earns contract upgrade

Ben Waine celebrates after scoring a goal for New Zealand's under-23 men's team during the Olympic Games qualifiers.

With no sign of a new striker, the club has played it safe by promoting 18-year-old Ben Waine.

Young Phoenix flying under the radar

Steven Taylor, centre, will lead a new-look Wellington Phoenix squad this season. He is pictured with Alex Rufer and ...

It could be short-term pain, long-term gain as Wellington Phoenix begin the new A-League season with a new identity.

Wellington Phoenix 'hard to break down'

Wellington Phoenix vice captain Alex Rufer has become the face of the franchise.

Midfield linchpin Alex Rufer believes teams will find it hard to score against the Phoenix this summer.

Five Phoenix players to look out for

Reno Piscopo will be looking to make his mark in the A-League after a decade in Italy.

Roy Krishna, Andrew Durante and Sarpreet Singh may have departed but there are plenty of newbies capable of making a name for themselves.

Rudan ready for hostile return

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - DECEMBER 15:  Coach Mark Rudan of the Phoenix talks to his players during the round eight ...

The return of Mark Rudan will add plenty of spice to Wellington's season opener against newcomers Western United.

Cacace's quest to become A-League's best

Liberato Cacace is entering his second full season with Wellington Phoenix.

The 19-year-old believes there is still one area where he needs to lift his game before he can be considered among the competition's best.

Standing ovation or chorus of boos?

Steven Taylor (r) is hopeful Mark Rudan's work at the Wellington Phoenix will be acknowleged when he returns on Sunday.

Wellington Phoenix captain hopes Mark Rudan will be applauded, but the club's fans might have other ideas.

Phoenix finish pre-season undefeated

Callum McCowatt scored one of the Wellington Phoenix's two goals in their final pre-season hitout. (File Photo).

Ufuk Talay's Wellington Phoenix didn't lose any pre-season friendlies, but greater challenges lie ahead.

Phoenix consider Japanese striker

The Phoenix are currently weighing up a move for Matsumoto Yamaga striker Hiroyuki Takasaki.

After missing out on Besart Berisha, the Phoenix have turned their attention to 33-year-old Hiroyuki Takasaki.

Clubs put off marquee signings

A Victory fan holds up a Keisuke Honda banner during the team's match against the Phoenix at Eden Park.

The days of big-name marquee players in the A-League appear over.

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