Why Fred Signed For Phoenix
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EXCLUSIVE: Wellington Phoenix's sheer professionalism and desire to sign guest star Fred was what got the deal over the line says the Brazilian favourite's agent.
Fred, 29, has signed a six-game guest stint deal with the New Zealand franchise and this morning the player met the Kiwi media for the first time after flying in yesterday.
The former Melbourne Victory and current DC United playmaker is set to debut for Phoenix on Sunday against the A-League champions Newcastle Jets.
Fred's agent Steve Panopoulos says the deal has been a long time in the works.
"The reason Fred has come back to the Phoenix was because they were the first club to make clear that they wanted him on a guest stint. It has been a long process with a lot of discussions between myself and Wellington, and myself with DC United," he tells au.fourfourtwo.com from Rio.
"Wellington was very professional in the way they conducted themselves so it is a pleasure to have achieved what we set out to."
And one former Phoenix signing, 27-year-old Brazilian Felipe, could also be back in the A-League.
Panopoulos, who also represents Felipe, says the player is back in Brazil after the Gold Coast Galaxy franchise was passed over in favour of Gold Coast United.
"We had an agreement for him to come back to the Gold Coast Galaxy," says Panopoulos.
"Unfortunately, when that fell over because of the FFA's decision not to include that particular franchise, we had to scurry to find him a new club.
"He spent three weeks at Wisla Krakow in Poland which unfortunately didn't work out, and when the transfer window closed, he came back to Brazil where he has been playing until recently with a local club when their season finished."
Felipe and fellow Brazilian Daniel were two players who lit up Phoenix's inaugural season last year. Their partnership blossomed after Felipe's fitness improved over time. However the club and player parted ways in the off-season.
"In relation to the A-League, he [Felipe] thoroughly enjoyed his time at Wellington and he would definitely consider coming back to the A-League," says Panopoulos.
"I also think that Felipe left a good enough impression that would warrant some interest in him from some A League clubs."