VIDEO: Phoenix will look at ‘one or two’ new players, says coach Paul Temple

Wellington Phoenix women’s head coach Paul Temple says the club might need to sign two more players before the Boxing Day transfer deadline.

Losing internationals Grace Wisnewski and Marisa van der Meer to season-ending knee injuries has put the high-flying Phoenix under pressure.

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After his side’s 2-2 draw with Melbourne Victory, Temple said he was happy with his current squad in terms of quality but after only seven rounds of Liberty A-League “we’ve already been really stretched.”

New signing Isabel Cox was due to arrive in New Zealand ahead of the Round 8 game against Adelaide United but the forward would need to undergo medical checks and an assessment of her readiness for competition.

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The Phoenix have used all five spots allowed for import players so any new signings will be restricted to players from New Zealand or Australia.

“We don’t want to get past the deadline day and then feel like ‘oh, we need another player or we need another two players’, so we just have to think about the long term as well for the season and I think bringing in a few extra bodies is going to really help us with that,” Temple said.

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