Phoenix sign ex-Sydney FC youngster

Wellington Phoenix has signed exciting attacker Max Burgess after his eye-catching stint with NSW NPL Champions Sydney Olympic.

The 23-year-old, who has been at Newcastle Jets and Sydney FC in the past, signed a one-year deal for the upcoming Hyundai A-League season.

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“I am extremely excited to be signing with the Wellington Phoenix and I am determined to make my mark with my new team,” Burgess said.

“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.”

Burgess enjoyed a spectacular season in the NSW NPL, scoring seven goals in 23 appearances as Olympic won the double.

His eye for goal and creative attacking play convinced Mark Rudan to give him a shot for the 2018/19 Season.

“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 before his talent was recognised by Sydney FC, who brought him in to their Youth Academy.

He made his first senior start for the club in the Hyundai A-League 2014/15 Season before signing for the Newcastle Jets for the remainder of the campaign.

After a few appearances for the Jets he moved back to Sydney FC as part of the Youth and FFA Cup Squad.

Burgess signed for Portugese LigaPro side União in 2017 before returning to Sydney Olympic FC.

He’ll now be hoping to be a part of Wellington’s squad for their season-opener against the Jets on Sunday, October 21.