The Wellington Phoenix have signed plumber Jason Hicks.
The 23-year-old midfielder, who was born in the English county of Kent and came through the ranks in New Zealand with East Coast Bays, Waikato and Auckland City, has landed a two-year contract in the capitol.
After playing at under-17, under-20 and Olympic level for New Zealand, Hicks made his senior debut for the All Whites "A" team that took on the Wellington Phoenix in Rotorua last month.
Signed as an injury replacement for Louis Fenton for the opening rounds of the Hyundai A-League, Hicks was an impressive substitute in the Phoenix' first two games against Brisbane Roar and Western Sydney Wanderers
Coach Ernie Merrick says Hicks is an up and coming young New Zealand player who fits in with the brand of football the Phoenix want to play.