Reborn at NPL level, Max Burgess finds his way back to the...

Reborn at NPL level, Max Burgess finds his way back to the A-League


Wellington Phoenix have unveiled Sydney Olympic young gun Max Burgess as their latest new signing, just eight days out from the start of the A-League season and 10 away from their own season opener. 

Burgess, 23, returns to the A-League after a year away from the A-League, when he last played for Sydney FC, signing a one-year deal.

The forward struggled to break in at the Sky Blues over two spells though, and made just five appearances for Newcastle Jets in between those stints.

Burgess also spent time in Portugal’s second tier with Uniao, but turned to the NPL to revive his career and did exactly that with Sydney Olympic.

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There, Burgess netted seven times in the 2018 NPL New South Wales season and helped propel Olympic to the premiership and championship.

They also reached the semi-finals of the NPL National Finals before being eliminated by Campbelltown City, who ultimately were crowned champions.

“I am extremely excited to be signing with the Wellington Phoenix and I am determined to make my mark with my new team,” Burgess said on Thursday.

“When I heard of the interest, I jumped at the chance and with the encouragement I have received from Mark Rudan, I can’t wait to get started.”

Burgess’ former boss at Olympic, Abbas Saad, told the Daily Football Show in September that he saw the gab between talent in his side and those in the A-League shrinking.

Clearly, Nix boss Mark Rudan – who spent a portion of time at the helm of NPL NSW side Sydney United himself, Olympic’s main rivals – agreed with Saad.

“He (Burgess) has tasted A-League experience before but I feel that he has plenty more to show,” Rudan said.

“We have the perfect environment for him to develop and show that true potential he holds.

“I’m looking forward to having his attributes and his hard work ethic within the squad.”

The Nix open their new A-League campaign against 2017-18 grand finalists Newcastle Jets at Westpac Stadium on Sunday, 21 October.