Wellington Phoenix Closing in on Deal for Central Coast Mariners Midfielder After Transfer Tug-Of-War

It seems Wellington may finally get their man after long-running transfer saga…

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Wellington Phoenix coach Ernie Merrick says he hopes Michael McGlinchey will be available to play for his side as soon as Saturday, but insists the transfer saga is not over yet.

The Sydney Morning Herald reported on Thursday that the Mariners were reluctantly conceding their fight for the New Zealand international.

Despite Football Federation Australia ruling McGlinchey remained contracted to the Mariners, the 27-year-old has remained in Wellington and continued to train with the Phoenix.

Merrick said he was pleased with the latest development and hoped McGlinchey would be available to play in Saturday’s pre-season match against the Newcastle Jets.

“It’s not been ratified or finalised by the FFA who are the most important people here,” Merrick told the Dominion Post.

“But Phil’s comments are good, it makes sense and I hope that’s the way it works out. If it’s going to work out it’d be really good to have Michael in the games that we’re going over to New South Wales to play.

“We’ve got three games in New South Wales and it would be really good to have him and give him some gametime.

“I just hope it’s all ratified by the FFA and until then we’re taking nothing for granted. I don’t want to hypothesise, I’ll just leave it to the people that count. Let’s wait and see what the FFA organise and finalise.”

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