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Merrick calls A-League salary cap to be scrapped: 'Let's just get on with it'

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Wellington Phoenix manager Ernie Merrick has grown tired of the A-League's salary cap intricacies.

Wellington coach Ernie Merrick has called for an end to the A-League salary cap, arguing the competition is too mature for a system that's become outdated.

Each club can spend up to $2.6 million under the cap but are allowed to sign two marquees outside of it along with a season-long guest player -- essentially a third marquee.

With loyalty bonuses and other conditions thrown in, Merrick believes the set-up has passed its use-by date.

"I just don't know why we bother with a salary cap," he told...

Wellington Phoenix 'disturbed' by FFA's Besart Berisha ban reduction

The Wellington Phoenix are "disturbed" by Football Federation Australia's handling of a disciplinary case against Melbourne Victory player Besart Berisha.

The A-League club has asked for an explanation about the process which saw Berisha's sanction following a red carding this month reduced.

The 30-year-old Albanian was penalised and later handed a two-game suspension for kicking out at Phoenix captain Andrew Durante while getting treatment during Victory's 4-1 win on April 2.

But FFA's disciplinary...

Wellington Phoenix to sign Gui Finkler from Melbourne Victory

ESPN FC's Jason Dasey and PJ Roberts look ahead to the matches to watch for in Round 25 of the A-League.

Brazilian midfielder Gui Finkler is leaving Melbourne Victory after signing with the Wellington Phoenix.

Finkler, who is believed to have signed a multi-year deal, will join Victory teammate Kosta Barbarouses at the Phoenix next A-League season after the New Zealand international signed a three-year deal at the Wellington-based club earlier this month.

"Gui has made the decision to take up a new opportunity at a different club, and that's the nature of the industry we're in," Victory coach Kevin...