Phoenix give ex-Sydney striker another crack at the A-League

Wellington Phoenix have thrown an A-League lifeline to former Sydney FC striker Blake Powell, signing him to a one-year deal with an option for a further year.

Powell had two seasons with the Sky Blues (2012 – 2014) and scored three goals in 18 appearances.

He was part of Sydney’s AFC Champions League squad before losing his place following a knee operation.

But this year the 24-year-old has been on fire with New South Wales NPL club APIA Leichhardt, scoring 21 goals in 16 games and impressiing during a trial with the Phoenix.

The Sydney-born attacker said he was excited to get another crack at the A-League.

“(Coach) Ernie Merrick has given me another chance at that level and it is up to me to repay him by scoring goals which is something I love doing,” Powell said.

“I got to know the Phoenix boys on the pre-season trip to Fiji and they are a great bunch.”

Merrick said the striker impressed him while trialling during the Fiji trip and felt he would fit into the squad well.

“Blake has the technical ability and speed and has had A-League experience with Sydney,” Merrick said.

“His effort and commitment in Fiji was first class and he enjoys scoring goals as shown by him being the leading goal scorer in the New South Wales National Premier League this season.

“He hasn’t been signed as a No 1 striker and will have to earn his place, but I have a good feeling about him.”

Powell will arrive in Wellington later this month.