Wellington Phoenix plan to fill the void left by the retirement of Ben Sigmund with the signing of Italian defender Marco Rossi.
The move shows the effort of the club in making a chase for the title when the A-League begins.
Phoenix coach Ernie Merrick said: “His experience will be enormously valuable to us given Marco has played Serie A and Serie B and represented Italy at Under 20 and Under 21 levels. This is the type of experience we wanted. He’ll be a terrific partner in the middle of defence with Andrew Durante.”
Merrick admitted that Durante has been the sole carrier of the backline responsibility since Ben Sigmund retired. However, he says he is confident that the new signing will provide a great deal of assistance.