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Much-needed relief on way for Phoenix strike force

Published: 6:25PM Saturday February 09, 2013 Source: ONE Sport

Wellington Phoenix has signed young Fulham striker Corey Gameiro on loan till the end of the A-League season.

Gameiro, 20, had an outstanding under-19 AFC championship for Australia, remarkably scoring all six of Australia's goals at the tournament to help them qualify for the 2013 Fifa under-20 World Cup.

A hard-working speedy striker, Gameiro has recently been on loan with top Dutch club FC Eindhoven, where he made eight appearances.

Phoenix coach Ricki Herbert said he was delighted to secure Gameiro's services till the end of the season, as his arrival will add pace and depth to the squad.

The coach also said the youngster's signing was another step in the further development of the club.

"It is important to establish relationships with clubs around the world and it is exciting that we are now forming one with an English Premier League side," Herbert said.

"Having players coming this way is good for the future of the club."

The Phoenix will be seeking an international clearance for Gameiro on Monday and he should be available for the trip to Brisbane Roar next week.

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