Ifill not giving up on A-League career

Injured attacker Paul Ifill believes he still has plenty to offer and says he’d be open to any A-League approaches despite his ties with Wellington Phoenix.

Ifill has been out of action since December due to a ruptured Achilles and only returned to jogging last week.

Wellington’s all-time leading scorer hopes to be back training and playing early in the new year, but told FourFourTwo he’s still got plenty of boxes to tick before then.

The 34-year-old isn’t contracted with the Phoenix for the 2014-15 season and the New Zealand club has signed their five overseas players.

The situation has left the former Barbados international in limbo, but he insists that if he can return to fitness he can still offer plenty at A-League level.

“The way I look at it I was never the quickest since I’ve been in this country anyway, so I don’t think it’s a problem of losing my legs,” Ifill said.

“I think I can offer something definitely, it just depends if there’s spots available here.

“At the moment there’s no spots, we’ve got a full squad, so I’d be looking at coming in as an injury replacement. We have to see if the timing is right.”

If the timing isn’t right, Ifill said he was open to moving to another A-League club.

“I probably would (explore it), it wouldn’t be ideal given the situation here with the kids at school and my wife working here,” Ifill said.

“I have a lot of my family who live here now as well, so it’d be pretty tough.

“But if I really wanted to play and there was no spot, then I’d have to look into it.”

Ifill, who joined the Phoenix in 2009, has previously explored obtaining New Zealand citizenship, but said he had no plans to apply for it as he returns from injury.

During his time on the sidelines, the former Millwall, Sheffield United and Crystal Palace attacker has started plans for retirement, taking on his coaching badges, writing a book and doing public speaking work at schools and in the corporate sector.

“There’s been a lot of things I couldn’t do if I was still fit, so that’s the silver lining,” he said.