Wellington Phoenix sign Australian winger

After a one-week trial, Adam Parkhouse has earned a contract with the New Zealand-based club for the 2016-17 A-League season

Wellington Phoenix have signed Australian winger Adam Parkhouse from NPL NSW club Manly United after a week-long trial in New Zealand.

Parkhouse has signed a one-year contract with Phoenix and strengthens Wellington's attacking options following the departures of Blake Powell and Kwabena Appiah.

Phoenix coach Ernie Merrick first noticed Parkhouse when he was invited to a NPL NSW match between APIA Leichardt and Manly earlier this month.

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"Actually I was looking for a defender but Adam was the standout player on the day," Merrick said in a statement.

"I spoke to his coach Paul Dee, who I coached when I was assisting Ange Postecoglu with the Australian Under 17 and Under 20 squads, and he was very positive about him.

"We invited him to Wellington for a trial and he improved with every session.

"Two weeks ago he played against Sydney United in NPL NSW and scored three of their goals in a 4-2 win."

 

 

Parkhouse, who spent time with Wigan Athletic's academy as a teenager, earned first-team experience with English lower-league club Stalybridge Celtic before returning to Australia in 2015.

This season, the 23-year-old has scored seven goals in 22 league games for Manly.

"I came back to Australia to try and get in the A-League and it has paid off," he said.

Parkhouse added: "It has all happened so quickly that it doesn't seem real yet.

"I was really happy to be noticed by Ernie and have enjoyed my week training with the Phoenix."

Parkhouse is the third attacker to be signed by Merrick ahead of the 2016-17 A-League season, with Gui Finkler and Kosta Barbarouses having moved to Wellington from Melbourne Victory.

Melbourne Knights forward Stipo Andrijasevic, who scored his side's winning goal against Cockburn City in the FFA Cup Round of 32, has also been trialling with the Phoenix this week.