Soccer: Phoenix sign young Fulham striker

The Wellington Phoenix have signed young Fulham striker Corey Gameiro on loan till the end of the A-League season. Photo / Getty Images.
The Wellington Phoenix have signed young Fulham striker Corey Gameiro on loan till the end of the A-League season. Photo / Getty Images.

The Wellington Phoenix have signed young Fulham striker Corey Gameiro on loan till the end of the A-League season.

Gameiro, 20, had an outstanding under-19 AFC championship for Australia, scoring all six of Australia's goals at the tournament to help them qualify for the this year's under-20 World Cup.

A hard-working speedy striker, Gameiro has recently been on loan with Dutch club FC Eindhoven where he made eight appearances.

Phoenix coach Ricki Herbert was delighted to secure Gameiro's services till the end of the season as his arrival will add pace and depth to the squad. The coach also said the youngster's signing was another step in the further development of the club.

"It is important to establish relationships with clubs around the world and it is exciting that we are now forming one with an English Premier League side,'' Herbert said. "Having players coming this way is good for the future of the club.''

The Phoenix will be seeking an international clearance for Gameiro on Monday and he should be available for the trip to Brisbane Roar next week.

- APNZ

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