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Wellington Phoenix get assurances from FFA, agree to fly Australia

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Wellington Phoenix will fly to Sydney on Wednesday afternoon after receiving assurances from A-League bosses they will be able to train together while in self isolation.

Wellington officials had agreed to play out the remainder of the season in Australia, which was the only way for the league to be completed under the coronavirus travel restrictions.

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However, the Phoenix delayed their trans-Tasman flight amid concerns the team wouldn't be able to train during a mandatory 14-day isolation period following their arrival in Australia.

Late on Tuesday, the club confirmed they had received the necessary agreements to confirm their travel.

"The decision to travel to Sydney in an attempt to complete this season, was made as a club," Phoenix general manager David Dome said.

"We have discussed this amongst ourselves, consulted with health professionals and government bodies in Australia and New Zealand and taken all possible precautions to ensure those travelling are given the best protection possible.

"We are also conscious that the situation is constantly evolving and it may all change again tomorrow, but we are making this decision with the best information we have available at this time."

It's understood the club have identified an isolated training facility and given a green light by NSW Health to use it during their quarantine period.

Both the Phoenix and Melbourne Victory, who have begun self-isolation after returning from Wellington on Monday, will have two games rescheduled.

Dome said there hadn't been a single complaint from the players and he expected the entire squad to travel, including defender Luke DeVere, whose wife is expected to give birth this month.

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