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Wellington Phoenix sign former Premier League striker Gary Hooper

SoccerNews in Scottish Premier League 17 Oct 2019

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Wellington Phoenix have completed the signing of former Premier League striker Gary Hooper.

The 31-year-old joins on a one-year deal after being released by Sheffield Wednesday at the end of the 2018-19 season.

Phoenix will be hoping Hooper can fill the void left by last term’s Golden Boot-winner Roy Krishna, who departed at the end of last season to join Indian Super League club ATK.

Hooper brings a wealth of experience from English football and the Scottish Premiership, where he arguably enjoyed his most impressive spell, scoring 82 goals over three seasons with Celtic.

“His CV on paper is arguably the most impressive of any Wellington Phoenix player to date and I have no doubt he will contribute,” Wellington Phoenix general manager David Dome told the club’s website.

“I’m sure that football fans across Australia and New Zealand will be thrilled to see a player like Gary in action for Wellington.

“It’s been no secret that we’ve been searching incredibly hard for a striker this season and we’re extremely pleased to sign someone of the highest calibre.”

Hooper will not be ready to make his debut in time for the weekend’s clash at Sydney FC but will be available for the Phoenix’s home match against Perth Glory in round three.

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