Then the next day if I need a slap-up feed and a cup of Wellington’s finest coffee I’ll be at… Caffe L’affare for the atmosphere, and because I know people who work there. Joe’s Garage is another favourite with the players. Their Joker (a spicy bratwurst sausage, bacon and free-range egg roll) is fantastic.
I always find if you need some culture you can’t go past… the Sunday waterfront markets, if I can get myself out of bed in time and the weather is good. A friend of mine owns the Brazilian barbecue down there, too, so it is a good place to hang out and get some lunch.
My favourite Wellington landmark has to be… the Mt Victoria lookout. I take my family there quite a bit. We drive!
The Wellingtonian I would take to a pub quiz is… Tim Brown. He’s pretty smart, for a footballer. He retired last year and went to study in London, but he’s a Wellington boy at heart.
I know I shouldn’t, but Wellington’s best-kept secret is… Scorching Bay, in the summer. If you’re going to drive all that way, it’s a whole day thing – you stay at the beach.
When the zombie apocalypse arrives and I can save only one member of the Phoenix, it would be… Manny Muscat, ‘cos he’s a builder so he can build me a place to sleep.
I am most ashamed to have never visited… a few months ago that would have been Te Papa for sure, but after seven years in Wellington I finally got there!
My predictions for the upcoming Wellington Phoenix season are… that we will be firmly entrenched in the top six, and hopefully in the top four for a home final after that. There is a really good feeling in the camp now. We are feeling fresh, our new signings are great, and with the new manager there is a change of approach, too. It is an exciting time: we can’t wait to be playing a new style of football, winning games for the fans, and seeing more people at Westpac [Stadium] as a result.
If I could choose any one player in world football to sign for the Wellington Phoenix it would be… Lionel Messi of Barcelona. He can do everything!