Huysegems just needs time
Wellington recruit Stein Huysegems says he has plenty of time to get over some early rustiness after his first hit-out for the Phoenix.
The former Belgian international striker played his first competitive football in four months as he donned his Wellington Phoenix in a training game against a Team Wellington select XI.
Huysegems showed some nice touches, including one superb back heel to Alex Smith, and made some intelligent runs during his 45-minute spell, but there was a fair degree of rustiness after a lengthy lay-off since finishing with Lierse at the end of last season.
"Maybe we save the goals for the season so that's good," Huysegems said after failing to trouble the scorers.
"It was the first 45 minutes after four months so I'm glad to play some minutes.
"It's nice to play again and get to know the boys and the boys to know me and how I play. That's good. That's important.
"We still have two more games to play before the season starts, so that's good."
The Phoenix were never troubled and won the game 5-0 with Louis Fenton and Jeremy Brockie continuing their excellent pre-season form. Goals from the pair gave the Phoenix a 2-0 lead at the break.
New under-21 signing Tyler Boyd replaced Huysegems at half-time with coach Ricki Herbert happy with the 30-year-old Belgian's first-up effort.
"There were some good touches and good movement," Herbert said.
"We were only going to give him 20 or 30 minutes tonight but we stretched that out a little bit for him and we'll start him again at the weekend (against Western Sydney).
"The next couple of weeks will be good for him. There were some nice touches, some good things into the box. I think he'll build nicely leading into the season."