Phoenix sign Aussie youngster Brindell-South

Last updated 16:12 18/09/2013

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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."

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