24 Dec 2013

Ifill still has a future at the Phoenix: Merrick

11:30 am on 24 December 2013

The Wellington Phoenix football coach Ernie Merrick says he hopes the club hasn't seen the last of striker Paul Ifill.

Ifill had surgery on a torn Achilles tendon and is expected to be unable to play for up to a year, which means he'll miss the rest of the A-League season, when his contract with the club expires.

However Merrick says the 34-year-old still figures in his future plans.

He says Ifill's injury underlines the need to find another striker or attacking midfielder and they're already searching for such a player.