A-League: Wellington Phoenix sign suspended Australian midfielder Brandon Wilson

Brandon Wilson, the Phoenix's newest recruit
Brandon Wilson, the Phoenix's newest recruit Photo credit: Getty

Wellington Phoenix have signed promising Australian midfielder Brandon Wilson, who is currently serving an international suspension for "unprofessional conduct". 

The 22-year-old joins the A-League club on an 18-month contract, after he was released by Perth Glory last week. 

Wilson made 45 appearances for the Western Australian club in a four-year stint, but only played one game this campaign - against Brisbane in round one. 

The Botswana-born midfield utility was one of four Olyroos suspended for an incident involving a woman in Cambodia last year.

According to reports, an unnamed member of the quartet made contact with the woman on dating app Tinder and provided her with tickets to watch one of Australia's U23s' Asian Championship qualifying matches in March.

The woman was later invited back to the team hotel and had consensual sex with the four players.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports the woman indicated there was no question of assault, but she felt aggrieved, after being left stranded at the hotel by the players. 

Wilson will be eligible to play for his country again in August this year, but the ban doesn't prevent him from suiting up in club football.

"Brandon brings us both stability and versatility for this season, and it also fits well with us looking long term to bring talented young players to the club," coach Ufuk Talay said.

"Brandon is a valuable player in that he can cover multiple positions, which is great in this league and it gives us added depth to the squad."

Wilson can make his debut for the Phoenix this weekend against the Western Sydney Wanderers.