Phoenix teen lands new deal

12 July 2018 09:51:58 EST

New Wellington Phoenix coach Mark Rudan has praised teenager Sarpreet Singh after the New Zealand international signed a new two-year deal.

Singh has re-committed to the A-League club following an outstanding debut season.

The Auckland-born attacking midfielder played 11 games and scored four goals in what was a disappointing campaign for the Phoenix.

He played under both Darije Kalezic and his interim replacement Chris Greenacre, and now he's made a positive impression on Rudan.

"The impact he's made and character shown when entering the senior side at 19 years of age is to be commended," said the coach.

"He is such a young talent with quality that fits in perfectly with what we are trying to achieve in unearthing Kiwi footballers and developing that raw ability.

"He has worked so hard in pre-season and I am looking forward to seeing him develop further this season."

Singh, who played for New Zealand at last year's U-20 World Cup, made his senior bow for the All Whites earlier this year in a friendly against Canada.

He scored his first goal for his country in the 2-1 defeat to Kenya in the Intercontinental Cup last month, and came up with assists to both goals when the All Whites beat India 2-1.

Wellington are 33/1 to win the 2019 Grand Final.

Meanwhile, Tony Popovic earned a win in his first game as Perth Glory coach when the A-League side beat Perth SC 3-0 at Dorrien Gardens.

Popovic, who changed his whole team at half-time, handed debuts to new recruits Ivan Franjic, Brendon Santalab, Tando Velaphi and Fabio Ferreira.

Jacob Italiano put the Glory ahead from the edge of the penalty area and Andy Keogh sidefooted home the second goal just before the interval.

Callum Timmins rounded off the scoring with a long-range strike two minutes from time.

Perth are 12/1 to win the minor premiership.

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