Michael McGlinchey will start training with the Wellington Phoenix tomorrow, but whether the All Whites midfielder actually takes the field for the A-League club remains to be seen.
Phoenix general manager David Dome confirmed today that McGlinchey would be training with the club until his contractual status with the Central Coast Mariners was resolved.
McGlinchey has been on holiday with family in Wellington after being released by his Japanese club Vegalta Sendai in May.
McGlinchey was at Vegalta on loan from the Mariners.
Phoenix coach Ernie Merrick views McGlinchey as the ideal replacement for Carlos Hernandez and the 27-year-old is eager to play in the city of his birth.
But his contractual status remains in dispute with the Mariners adamant they retain the rights to the accomplished playmaker for the 2014-15 season.
McGlinchey believes he is a free agent but remains in limbo as both clubs, Football Federation Australia and the Professional Footballers' Association try to resolve the standoff.
FFA were forced to apologise last month after the A-League website prematurely announced news of McGlinchey signing with the Phoenix.
Finding a replacement for Hernandez is Merrick's one major remaining transfer task after landing former Socceroos attacker Nathan Burns on a two-year deal.
A Phoenix statement said there would be no further comment on the issue from the club or player.
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