No new A-League faces on Phoenix radar yet

Dec 10, 2017 - 1:09 AM Decisions on a replacement for Wellington Phoenix marquee midfielder Gui Finkler will have to wait a week with coach Darije Kalezic focused on their A-League match against Perth Glory.

Rock bottom Wellington battled out a dour scoreless draw with Brisbane Roar on Saturday, their first point on Australian soil since early April.

It was also their first clean sheet of the season, a source of some satisfaction to Kalezic after his team had leaked 20 goals in their eight previous matches.

"I am a coach who likes good and solid organisation," he said.

"We struggle a lot because of many reasons to create that until now, after all those games, days, weeks and months."

On Friday, Finkler ended his two-year contract with the Phoenix six months early by mutual agreement.

The Brazilian's future had been in doubt after Kalezic suspended him for his petulant reaction to being substituted in Wellington's 4-1 loss to Central Coast Mariners a fortnight ago.

Finkler's departure leaves the Phoenix with options in the January transfer window, although it appears unlikely Kalezic will be looking for a midfield replacement.

"In that position we have a couple of players -- Dario Vidosic, Michael McGlinchey -- so hopefully we can spend that spot for some other position we think the team needs more at this moment," Kalezic said.

"There are two positions, and we have to decide very soon which of those two we want to replace."

He didn't elaborate further, saying his focus was now on next Sunday's match in Perth, where Wellington will be boosted by the return of striker Roy Krishna.

"I haven't spoken with the club, I was concentrating this week on the game we played tonight, and I think our focus has to be on the next game in Perth," Kalezic said.

"When we fly back we have all the time to sit with the board and make decisions."

Source: AAP

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