Alex Smith.
Alex Smith. Getty Images Sport - Hagen Hopkins

Smith working hard for contract

WELLINGTON Phoenix utility Alex Smith has just under four weeks to prove he is worthy of a fulltime contract.

The English-born American was signed as an injury replacement until the middle of January, but produced an eye-catching display in last Sunday's 3-1 loss to the Melbourne Victory in Australia.

>> Latest sport news

Smith began his Phoenix stint in a defensive midfield role but, after a brief spell out of the matchday squad, has been pushed further forward into a more attacking position.

With talisman Paul Ifill out for another couple of weeks with a groin injury, Smith shapes as a solid replacement.

The 26-year-old netted his first A-League goal in the loss to the Victory and looked dangerous in the front third of the field, particularly when Daniel and Dani Sanchez were introduced to the action.

Smith said he wanted to extend his stay in Wellington after bouncing around various Australian clubs at different levels for the past few years.

"That's the goal, so I've just got to keep playing well and see what happens and that side of things usually takes care of itself," he said.

>> Read more at NZ Herald



Man still in custody after Sunday night's destructive drive

premium_icon Man still in custody after Sunday night's destructive drive

Man accused of ramming a Yeppoon car in the middle of the night

Headline is not set

premium_icon Headline is not set

Headline is not set

Child safety officer shoved in showdown with angry parent

premium_icon Child safety officer shoved in showdown with angry parent

The judge didn't look kindly at the mother of six's behaviour

Local Partners