Wellington Phoenix sign new deal with women’s vice captain Rebecca Lake

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Central defender Rebecca Lake has agreed a new contract with women’s A-League side Wellington Phoenix.

The centre back has recommitted to the club for the 2024-25 Liberty A-League, having established herself as an integral member of the women’s squad in her first season in Wellington.

Main photo: Rebecca Lake … wants to carry on where she and the team left off last season.

Lake (25) missed only one of the team’s first 18 matches and was promoted to vice-captain after being named as one of seven kaitiaki at the start of the campaign.

“I loved last season,” she said. “Obviously, it was my first year in professional football but I felt like I’d been with the team for a long time.

“I really enjoyed the environment and I believe the facilities we have are the best in the league, so it was a pretty easy decision to return.”

The Nix women narrowly missed out on the finals this year after back-to-back wooden spoon finishes in their first two seasons.

“I hope we can carry on where we left off and push for better results.

“I want to be a consistent starter, a leader and have more influence over games to hopefully get the results that we need so we can push for top six.

“Whether that’s putting my body on the line and stopping goals, or scoring them at set pieces, that’s something I’d really like to be the best at.

“My first goal is coming this season.”

Lake missed the team’s last four matches because of a high ankle sprain and has only recently come out of a moon boot.

“I’ve recovered well from surgery. The surgeon and the physio have said I’m tracking well.

“Time is on my side, so I’m taking my time with new exercises every week, and I’ll be well and truly ready to go before pre-season.”

Paul Temple … believes Rebecca Lake will continue to improve.

Phoenix head coach Paul Temple has heralded Rebecca Lake’s re-signing as “great news”.

“Before suffering her ankle injury in Perth, Bex had showed she had the quality to step up to the A-League,” Temple said.

“She was really starting to find her feet at this level so I’m delighted we get to continue that journey with her.

“Bex is also a fantastic person. She really emerged as a leader in the group and she is going to add great value on and off the pitch for the team this coming season.

“I’m excited about the improvement still to come from Bex as she builds her experience and confidence in the league.”

Players signed for next season

Temple now has six players contracted for the 2024-25 A-League season, with discussions continuing with other off-contract players.

They are Mackenzie Barry, Olivia Ingham,  Zoe McMeeken, Manaia Elliott, Daisy Brazendale and Rebecca Lake.


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