Wellington Phoenix have dipped into the transfer market, signing Irish International and former Celtic player, Cillian Sheridan until the end of the A-League season.
The towering 1.96m forward completed the move from Polish side Jagiellonia Białystok after passing his medical earlier today.
Sheridan has scored 98 career goals and Phoenix coach Mark Rudan believes his abilities are the perfect fit to boost the goal scoring pedigree of his side.
“I'm constantly looking to challenge my players," Rudan said.
“Competition for places is crucial and at this time of the season, it's important to strengthen the squad and add quality."
Sheridan, who has three caps for Ireland, said the opportunity to join the resurgent Kiwi outfit was too good to pass up. Phoenix are currently sitting in 6th place after 10 rounds and are unbeaten in their last five games.
‘‘To play in another country with different challenges is always appealing to me," the 29-year-old said.
‘‘I have followed the Hyundai A-League and Wellington Phoenix are playing an attractive style and for a footballer you want to enjoy your football and what Mark Rudan is doing, really sold it to me.’’
Bailieborough born Sheridan has won plenty of silverware in his career to date, having begun his career with Celtic before loan periods at other Scottish Premier League clubs and Plymouth Argyle, a then English Championship side.
After stints at Bulgarian side CSKA Sofia and Scottish Premier League side Kilmarnock, Sheridan moved to the most decorated Cypriot side, APOEL FC in 2013. He was instrumental in helping the side achieve a historical domestic treble in winning all three Cypriot Competition trophies.
The following season he was again crucial to APOEL’s success, scoring to help the team gain entry into the UEFA Champions’ League Group stage. Sheridan went on to appear in all of APOEL’s group stage games against Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and Ajax.
After another double with APOEL FC, Sheridan then moved to Cypriot rivals Omonoia Nicosia in June 2015, where his first goal helped the side quality for the UEFA Europa League.
Sheridan could be in line to face Adelaide United this Saturday 5th January.
At a Glance (Appearanes, Goals)
2006-10 Celtic – Coaches: Gordon Strachan, Tony Mowbray (17, 4)
2009 Motherwell (loan) – Coach: Jim Gannon (14, 2)
2009-10 Plymouth Argyle (loan) – Coach: Paul Mariner (14,0)
2010 St Johnstone (loan) - Coach: Derek McInnes (18, 6)
2010-12 CSKA Sofia - Coach: Milen Radukanov (27,5)
2011-12 St Johnstone (loan) – Coach: Steve Lomas (32, 5)
2012-13 Kilmarnock - Coach: Kenny Shiels (29, 10)
2013-15 APOEL FC - Coach: Giorgos Donis (61,11)
2015-17 AC Omonia Coaches: Vladan Milojević, John Carver (63, 27)
2017-18 Jagiellonia Białystok - Coach: Ireneusz Mamrot (62, 20)