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The Australia youth international will be plying his trade in New Zealand next term after the defender sealed his exit from the A-League premiers, where he struggled for matches

Former Western Sydney Wanderers left-back and Young Socceroo Reece Caira has signed a two-year deal with the Wellington Phoenix.

The Gosford-born 20-year-old made two appearances for the Wanderers last season, soon after being released by Aston Villa.

Caira, who spent over three years at Villa but never got close to cracking the first-team, is delighted to be joining the Phoenix after impressing on trial.

"I got to see England and got a close look at how the professionals worked," Caira said.

"It put me in a good position when I was released and went back to Australia.

"I played in all the Under-20 World Cup qualifying games but the success Wanderers had in their first season made it hard to break into the side so I asked permission to trial with the Phoenix to see if I could get more first-team football.

"They agreed I could go to Wellington and I'm really excited to be joining the club."

Phoenix coach Ernie Merrick said Caira is versatile, capable of playing at left-back and in midfield.

"Reece has a good background having represented Australia at Under-20 level, and he is well-schooled in the game after three-and-a-half years at Aston Villa," Merrick said.

"He can play at left-back or midfield and that flexibility makes life easier for me.

"Up-and-coming players like Reece have got the speed and skills to play more than one position.

"His signing adds another youth international to our ranks which gives us a blend of experience and high quality young players."

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