Football: Wellington Phoenix re-sign All Whites utility Tim Payne

Tim Payne has re-signed with the Wellington Phoenix.
Tim Payne has re-signed with the Wellington Phoenix. Photo credit: Photosport

The Wellington Phoenix's re-signing spree continues, announcing on Friday All Whites defender Tim Payne has signed a new two-year deal with the club. 

The 25-year-old is the fourth player to re-sign with the Phoenix this week, following captain Steven Taylor, Alex Rufer and Jaushua Sotirio in committing his future to the club.

Payne signed a one-year deal with the Phoenix in July, and coach Ufuk Talay has been impressed with the New Zealand international's versatility. 

"We've been really happy with Tim, his versatility and ability to play multiple positions has been important for us this season. He's a great worker with a great attitude," Talay said. 

"Tim and the boys are all a tight-knit group, they all work for each other, they all stand up for each other and they all share a belief in the direction that we're heading."

Payne has spent most of his career playing in the midfield but has been playing at right back for the Phoenix, following the season-ending injury to Louis Fenton. 

The signing of Payne means the Phoenix now have 13 players locked in for next season.

Talay is hopeful of signing another player during the January transfer window. 

The Phoenix will be looking to extend their unbeaten streak to eight games when they face the Central Coast Mariners in Wellington on Saturday.