Wellington Phoenix sign Kenny Cunningham

The New Zealand club are continuing to strengthen under their new manager ahead of the 2013-14 campaign, bringing in one of Carlos Hernandez's international team-mates

The Wellington Phoenix look set to feature a genuine Costa Rican flavour in the A-League this season as striker Kenny Cunningham joins midfielder Carlos Hernandez at the club.

Cunningham has recently represented Costa Rica in the CONCACAF Gold Cup and helped his country into second place behind the United States in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying.

But in a minor coup for the club, the Phoenix have signed Cunningham on a two-year deal.

Cunningham's signing may still be something of a risk for new Wellington coach Ernie Merrick after the 28-year-old was signed after he watched footage of him playing several matches on DVD.

Merrick denied Cunningham's recruitment was a risk, as he also came highly recommended by Hernandez.

"I've watched him on DVD playing several matches for his club, and when someone is already playing at international level you know they are a good player," Merrick said.

"We got on to him initially through Carlos and he was keen to come over and play for the Phoenix in the A-League," the coach added.

"Carlos knowing him personally was a bonus because it gives us information on his character which is very important as we want to sign players who are not only good on the field but are the right fit off it as well."

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