The Wellington Phoenix youth movement continues with Australian fullback Josh Brindell-South signing on a one-year contract.
The 20-year-old Queenslander becomes the seventh player aged 20 or under in the squad.
He overcame a groin injury to impress Phoenix coach Ernie Merrick during an extended trial period.
"Josh is a fullback who can cover left and right and his resume is quite impressive for a young Queenslander," Merrick said.
"He won best and fairest awards at his club, and being in the NPL [National Premier League] means he has been playing at a good standard from a young age.
"What I really like is that he is a very attacking minded fullback and his fitness testing, now that he has finished rehab, is in the superior endurance level.
"The fact that he came in with a slight injury we didn't know about shows he was determined to impress us.
"I believe it was worth waiting five weeks while he rehabilitated because for a young lad he has a very professional outlook and does all the right things."
Brindell-South will provide cover for likely first-choice fullbacks Louis Fenton and Reece Caira.
"It has been the longest six weeks of my life and to have this outcome is fantastic," Brindell-South said.
"Hopefully I can repay Ernie for the faith he has shown in me."
- Fairfax Media
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