Former Sheffield Wednesday striker Gary Hooper has signed for New Zealand outfit Wellington Phoenix.
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The 31-year-old joins on a free transfer for the rest of the 2019/20 season and will be available for their match against Perth Glory on 27th October (per wellingtonphoenix.com).
Speaking to the official Wellington Phoenix website about the move, Hooper said: “I’m happy to be here in Wellington, it’s a new challenge for me and I’m really excited about being part of the Wellington Phoenix club.”
Hooper was released by Sheffield Wednesday in the summer, and up until now he had failed to find a new club, which was somewhat surprising given his goal record.
Indeed, the former Celtic and Norwich City man has scored 198 goals in his career whilst also providing 60 assists in 454 appearances (via Transfermarkt).
He was a fans’ favourite whilst with the Owls, with his record at Hillsborough reading 89 games played, 31 goals scored and 12 assists provided (via Transfermarkt).
Ultimately, injuries curtailed his career in South Yorkshire. He managed to make just six appearances in all competitions last term, leading to him being released (via Transfermarkt).
Upon hearing the news that Hooper had finally found a new club, plenty of Sheffield Wednesday supporters took to social media to congratulate him, whilst some were waxing lyrical about his time at Hillsborough and suggesting that perhaps they let him go too soon.
Here is what some of them had to say on Twitter…
Good luck Gary
— Wednesday Daily (@WednesdayDaily2) October 17, 2019
All the best Hoops, WAWAW 👍💙
— Martin Birley (@BirleyMartin) October 17, 2019
A great player, shame about the injuries. Be Sod’s law that he now goes 3 years without an injury. Best of luck to him though.
— Matt Bayes (@MattBayes) October 17, 2019
Best finisher I’ve ever seen at S6 #swfc
— Nathan Blood (@nattasswfc) October 17, 2019
I’m not crying, you are
— LukeDavis (@_davis95_) October 17, 2019
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Wish we hadn’t got rid of him, quality player
— James Taylor (@JT1982R) October 17, 2019