Wellington Phoenix have signed Ex-Premier League striker and Israel international Tomer Hemed as a marquee player for 2020-21 A-League season.
, 33, joins the
from the UK, where he played for
in the EFL championship. He has also played in Israeli Pro League, La Liga, and the Premier League. He has scored 110 goals in his 455 appearances.
The 33-year-old striker joined English Championship club Brighton & Hove Albion in 2015. He scored 17 goals in 48 games in his first season, helping them to secure promotion to the Premier League on 2016-17.
Hemed had gone on a loan at Queens Park Rangers before joining Charlton Athletic last season.
Wellington Phoenix manager, Ufuk Talay believes that Hemed will add to the club and he is an exciting signing for the club.
“Tomer is a highly skilled player with a pedigree as a goal scorer and creator,” says Talay.
“It’s no secret the club was looking to improve its frontline with an experienced visa player, and Tomer provides what we – and no doubt the fans – think we need to improve on last season, someone who can convert our chances on goal and distribute to others.
“Once he settles into life in Australia, the A-League and the club’s style of play, the sky’s the limit for Tomer and I believe he’s going to turn a lot of heads this season.
“The Phoenix and the A-League are lucky to have a player of Tomer’s calibre on the pitch.”
Hemed says that is ‘a special moment in his career’ to play for the Phoenix and be part of the A-League for the first time.
“At the end of last season I sat down with my family and we talked about what would be the next step on my career; I’ve played in La Liga, the Premier League, Championship and fulfilled a lot of my career goals, but we thought it was time to do something more exciting, something special,” says Hemed.
“When the opportunity [with the Phoenix] came up, we thought it was the best move for me as a player and for my family too – I’ve heard great things about the club and I know they had a special season last season.
“We can’t wait to start this adventure and a new challenge.”
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