Hyundai A-League side Wellington Phoenix have snapped up 23-year-old attacking midfielder and former Sydney Olympic maestro Max Burgess on a one-year deal.
Burgess enjoyed a spectacular season, scoring seven goals in 23 appearances as the team secured top spot in the National Premier Leagues NSW Men’s competition going on to win the Grand Final – He also featured in the Ultra Football Team of the Year for his amazing performances with the Blues in 2018.
“I am extremely excited to be signing with the Wellington Phoenix and I am determined to make my mark with my new team.
“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.”
Head Coach Mark Rudan has been aware of his talent for a while and his interest was confirmed after Burgess gave a very good account of himself against Wellington Phoenix in pre-season.
“He has tasted Hyundai A-League experience before but I feel that he has plenty more to show.
“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.”
Burgess began his career at Rockdale City Suns shortly after Mark Rudan left as Head Coach. It was at the New South Wales club that his talent was recognised by Sydney FC, who then brought him in to their Youth Academy.
He made his first Senior start for the club in the Hyundai A-League 2014/15 season before signing for the Newcastle Jets for the remainder of the campaign.
After a few appearances for the Newcastle Jets he moved back to Sydney FC as part of the Youth and FFA Cup Squad.
Burgess signed for Portugese LigaPro side União in 2017 before returning to Sydney Olympic FC.
Burgess could be in contention for a spot in the squad against Newcastle Jets next Sunday 21 October in the opening round of the Hyundai A-League 2018/19 season.