Wellington Phoenix: Irish international Cillian Sheridan signs for A-League season

Republic of Ireland international striker Cillian Sheridan has joined the Wellington Phoenix for the remainder of the 2018/19 A-League season.

Sheridan, 29, come to New Zealand from Polish club Jagiellonia Bialystok, where he scored 20 goals in 62 appearances over 2017/18.

He's poised to achieve a century of goals, sitting on 98 over a career that started at Celtic in Scotland, and has also included stints in England, Bulgaria and Cyprus.

Perhaps his most successful season came with APOEL Nicosia, helping them to a Cypriot domestic treble in 2013.

"To play in another country with different challenges is always appealing to me," says Sheridan.

"I have followed the Hyundai A-League and Wellington Phoenix are playing an attractive style. For a footballer, you want to enjoy your football and what [coach] Mark Rudan is doing really sold it to me."

The Phoenix are currently riding a five-game unbeaten streak, including wins over Sydney, Central Coast and Brisbane, and sit within the six-team playoff format, three points clear of Newcastle in seventh.

Rudan believes Sheridan will fit perfectly into the team culture.

"I'm constantly looking to challenge my players," he says. "Competition for places is crucial and at this time of the season, it's important to strengthen the squad and add quality."

Wellington visit Adelaide on Saturday - the two teams share exactly identical records, down to goals for and against, but United sit in fifth alphabetically. 

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