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Australian Football: Talay hopes for season extension

Wellington Phoenix coach Ufuk Talay believes it would be a good idea to extend the 2021/22 A-League campaign as most clubs are facing a fixture pile-up.

The Nix are priced at 8/15 to finish in the top six of the A-League and currently sit in seventh spot, level on points with Sydney FC.

Fixture pile-up

However they have four games in hand on the Sky Blues and face the prospect of playing three games a week to catch up.

The same can be said for most sides as they look to play catch up following a large amount of postponements and extending the season is worth considering according to Talay.

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"I'm not really pushing for (it)," Talay told reporters on Tuesday. "But I think just using common sense, there's a backlog of games. It's very difficult to get through those games - playing seven to nine games in a month would be very difficult.

"It's going to be challenging and we might have use all the players that we currently have here to get through those games.

"The APL will have a look at it and if it needs to be extended, they may extend it for a week or so to make sure these fixtures are played."

Frustrating time

Wellington were on a five-match unbeaten run when bad weather forced the cancellation of their last two games against Western Sydney Wanderers and Melbourne City.

The pandemic has been the issue most of the season, forcing games to be postponed, and now the weather is at fault.

"We had a short turnaround of five games in 14 days and (now) we had two weeks of no games," he added. "Obviously you can't control Mother Nature."

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