Parkhouse primed for A-League challenge

Wellington Phoenix recruit Adam Parkhouse is determined to prove he has what it takes to succeed in the A-League after taking out the National Premier Leagues NSW Men’s player of the season award for his performances this season with Manly United.

Adam Parkhouse

Adam Parkhouse sprints down the line for Manly United in the National Premier Leagues NSW Source: Football NSW

The 23-year-old is so far the only NSW state league player to sign a professional A-League contract this season and capped off his incredible season with the Gold Medal award last night. 

The journey to the A-League has come about the hard way for the winger.

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Parkhouse toiled for four seasons in the English Conference League until his return to Australia.



“I came back here to get a bit of A-League exposure and as its turned out it was probably the right choice in the end,” he said.

“Signing with the Pheonix has been great and it’s all just sinking in now in the last couple of weeks.

“Our club [Manly United] has been great and my teammates have been fantastic as well, so a credit to the club for everything.

Wellington Phoenix are no strangers to recruiting from the National Premier Leagues NSW Men’s competition with Blake Powell making the move across the Tasman after his incredible season in 2015 with APIA Leichhardt.

The astute Phoenix boss Ernie Merrick keeps his thumb on the pulse and Parkhouse certainly caught his attention just as Powell did last season.

Powell easily made the transition and famously scored four goals in a game for the Phoenix back in February against Western Sydney Wanderers.

While replicating Powell's flawless transition to the A-League could be a bit of a tough ask for Parkhouse, the Manly United winger said he will be working hard to make his mark in Wellington.

“Hopefully it will be good and I am looking really forward to it,” He said.

“I fly out on Saturday and I am just hoping to get in there, get training full-time and get used to it.



“I have been over there for the one-week trial that I was given but then I came back here and have had the last couple of weeks off to refresh the legs.”

Wellington will field a new look attack in 2016 with the addition of Kosta Barbarouses and Gui Finkler to play alongside Parkhouse this season.


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Published 10 September 2016 at 7:07pm
By Joe Russo