All White Tim Payne in line to achieve milestone game for Wellington Phoenix

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New Zealand international Tim Payne is set to make his 100th appearance for the Wellington Phoenix if he takes the field against Sydney for Friday’s Round 10 men’s A-League match.

Payne (29) made his Phoenix debut in 2019, and has played in almost every defensive and midfield role for the team.

Auckland-born Payne has made 34 appearances for the All Whites, after also playing for the national U-17, U-20 and U-23 teams.

Payne will become the 15th player at the club to reach a century of appearances, since All Whites midfielder Tim Brown became the first in January 2012.

Other centurions are Andrew Durante, Vince Lia, Manny Muscat, Ben Sigmund, Louis Fenton, Glen Moss, Alex Rufer, Tony Lochhead, Leo Bertos, Roy Krishna. Daniel, Tim Brown, David Ball and Paul Ifill.

Main photo: Tim Payne … set to reach his century of Phoenix appearances. Photo credit: Natural Light Photography Company.

Scott Wootton … game 50 coming up.

Payne’s teammate Scott Wootton (32) is in line to make his 50th appearance for the Phoenix in the match against Sydney.

The former England U-17 international defender joined the Phoenix in 2022 after a professional career with United Kingdom clubs including Manchester United, Leeds United, MK Dons, Plymouth Argyle and Morecambe.

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Fixture

Game to be played on Friday December 29, 2023

Sydney FC v Wellington Phoenix
Allianz Stadium, Sydney, 9.45pm (NZT)

Standings

Squads

Wellington Phoenix (two to be omitted)

3. Finn SURMAN, 4. Scott WOOTTON, 5. Fin CONCHIE, 6. Tim PAYNE, 7. Kosta BARBAROUSES, 8. Ben OLD, 10. David BALL, 11. Bozhidar KRAEV, 12. Mo AL-TAAY, 14. Alex RUFER (c), 15. Nicholas PENNINGTON, 18. Lukas KELLY-HEALD, 19. Sam SUTTON, 23. Luke SUPYK, 24. Oskar VAN HATTUM, 25. Jack DUNCAN (gk), 26. Isaac HUGHES, 30. Alby KELLY-HEALD (gk), 40. Alex PAULSEN (gk), 43. Matt SHERIDAN.

Unavailable: 9. Oskar ZAWADA (injured).

Likely Sydney FC (two to be omitted)

1. Andrew REDMAYNE (gk), 4. Jordan COURTNEY-PERKINS, 6. Jack RODWELL, 8. Jake GIRDWOOD-REICH, 9. Fabio GOMES, 10. Joe LOLLEY, 11. Robert MAK, 12. Corey HOLLMAN, 13. Pat WOOD, 15. Gabriel LACERDA, 16. Joel KING, 17. Anthony CACERES, 19. Mitch GLASSON, 20. Adam PAVLESIC (gk), 21. Zac DE JESUS, 22. Max BURGESS, 23. Rhyan GRANT, 25. Jaiden KUCHARSKI, 26. Luke BRATTAN (c), 28. Nathan AMANATIDIS.

Unavailable: 24. Wataru KAMIJO (injured).

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