NPL star Max Burgess is back in the A-League after earning a one-year contract with Wellington Phoenix.
The former Sydney FC and Newcastle Jets player enjoyed a standout season with 2018 NPL NSW champions Sydney Olympic this year, scoring seven goals in 23 appearances.
A preseason clash with Wellington got him over the line with Nix coach Mark Rudan who said the Australian was in the mix for their A-League opener against the Jets.
‘‘He has tasted Hyundai A-League experience before but I feel that he has plenty more to show” Rudan said.
‘‘We have the perfect environment for him to develop and show that true potential he holds. I’m looking forward to having his attributes and his hard work ethic within the squad.’’
Burgess began his career at Rockdale City Suns shortly after Rudan left as head coach. It was at the New South Wales club that his talent was recognised by Sydney FC, who then brought him in to their Youth Academy.
He made his first senior start for the club in the 2014/15 season before signing for the Newcastle Jets for the remainder of the campaign. After a few appearances for the Hunter outfit he returned to the Sky Blues as part of their youth and FFA Cup Squad.
Burgess, who signed for Portugese LigaPro side União in 2017 before lining up for Sydney Olympic FC, said he was “determined” to make his mark with Phoenix.
‘‘When I heard of the interest, I jumped at the chance and with the encouragement I have received from Mark Rudan, I can’t wait to get started.’’