Sigmund salutes 'best Nix team ever'

Wellington veteran Ben Sigmund says the current Phoenix side is the club's best ever and believes they can win the championship.

Sigmund, 34, has been with the Nix since 2008 and was part of the group which made a Preliminary Final in 2010, along with the side which finished fourth in 2012.

However, the central defender said he’s never had as much confidence and belief in a group of players like he has with the current crop.

“I’ve never felt like this before at a Phoenix team,” Sigmund told FourFourTwo.

“We’re a great side. We’ve got some great players and if everyone is on the same page come the weekend and wants to win, we can.

“Sometimes it’s not about individuals, it’s about the team wanting to roll up their sleeves and do that extra thing for the team to get us over the line.

“If we can get 11 players doing that come Sunday, you normally win the game.”

Sigmund singled out Nathan Burns for praise, having won the Football Media Association’s Player of the Year, as well as Wellington’s Player of the Year this week.

Wellington host Melbourne City at Westpac Stadium on Sunday night and Sigmund said Burns would be a key figure.

“I think come this weekend, he’s a key factor to our success,” Sigmund said.

“We need him firing all guns blazing on Sunday. I know he’ll be up for it. He’s a big game player.”

Sigmund missed training at Newtown Park on Wednesday but brushed off any doubts about his availability for Sunday’s game.

“I got a bug - my wife had it on Tuesday and I came down with it on Tuesday night,” he said.

“I was battling through, but I’m feeling a lot better now. So no, I’ll be all good.”

Meanwhile, the former New Zealand international called on the Wellington public to get behind the Phoenix.

The club has missed the past two finals series and only managed 10,019 supporters when they last hosted a final in 2012 – compare that to the crowds of 24,267 and 32,792 that attended the club’s two 2010 home finals.

“There is a buzz – Wellington has always been a great little sporting town,” he said.

“Hopefully come the weekend we get a good crowd. I’d be really happy with 20,000. I think 30,000 would make it epic and take it to the next level.

“It’s a great occasion. We need to get as many people as possible to get us down here and get behind us to get us over the line.

“It certainly helps at Westpac to get a good crowd singing for us.”