Australian under-20 international Reece Caira is leaving A-League success story Western Sydney Wanderers for greater playing opportunities with the Wellington Phoenix.
A left back or centre midfielder, 20-year-old Caira managed just two appearances for newcomers the Wanderers last season as they lifted the Premiers Plate and made the grand final in their debut season.
The Gosford youngster had previously spent three years getting a grounding with English Premier League club Aston Villa and he welcomed the offer from new Phoenix coach Ernie Merrick to join him across the Tasman for the next two seasons.
"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."