Sydney-born Sotirio made his A-League debut for Western Sydney Wanderers in 2013 and went on to make 81 appearances, scoring 11 goals.

The forward made 13 appearances in 2018/19, scoring three goals, with his goal against Melbourne City earning him the January goal of the month.

Sotirio has also made a combined 13 appearances for the Young Socceroos and Olyroos, including a winner against Indonesia in the AFC U19 Championship.

Phoenix Coach Ufuk Talay believes Sotirio will be part of an exciting new look attack in Wellington.

'β€˜Jaushua brings in that experience, having been involved with Wanderers in the AFC Champions League but he is also still very hungry to improve and succeed," said Talay.

β€˜β€˜I’m looking to bring in players that work hard and aim to continually raise their game and Jaushua fits that bill.’’

Sotirio says he is looking forward to the new challenge that awaits him in New Zealand.

He added: β€˜β€˜I have spent most of my career in Sydney so it was time for a change and a new challenge and Wellington represents the perfect opportunity to prove what I can do.

β€˜β€˜There’s some really exciting young players at the club and I believe we can create something special in Wellington.’’