Patterson eyes senior action

08 February 2018 04:43:35 EST

Midfielder Monty Patterson is likely to be in the shop window if he comes straight into the Wellington Phoenix side against Western Sydney Wanderers.

Patterson has been signed on loan until the end of the season from Ipswich, with the 21-year-old unable to crack the senior side at Portman Road, and Town are not expected to renew his contract when it expires at the end of the season.

His loan move makes sense for him, as it gives him more exposure and a chance to prove himself in the A-League after four years trying to break into the Ipswich team.

With Wellington struggling at the foot of the table, it was also a good move for Darije Kalezic's side.

The Phoenix only just beat the transfer deadline to get his paperwork completed, and the 13-cap New Zealand international touched down in Wellington earlier this week ready to make an impression.

"I was looking to go out and play some games at first team football level, and the Phoenix came up and I thought it was a great opportunity to go to a good league and get some experience," he said.

"Obviously it's the only professional team in the country so it is quite special to come back and play in my home country and hopefully get my family and friends to come watch as well."

Patterson said he'd benefitted during his time at Ipswich from having All Whites team-mate Tommy Smith there as a mentor.

Smith has since moved to Colorado Rapids, who are understood to have shown interest in taking Patterson too.

Patterson said: "He's now gone to Colorado but it was good having him, with him almost taking me under his wing a little bit and showing me the way around the club, how things work and give me advice when I need it. He was a good role model to have."

The loanee has declared himself available for selection ahead of Sunday's trip to Western Sydney. He will be joined in the matchday squad by Andrija Kaludjerovic, Roy Krishna and Sarpreet Singh, who all missed last week's loss to Sydney FC through injury.

The Phoenix are 11/4 to beat Western Sydney, who are 19/20, with the draw 11/4.

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