WATCH: Former Sheffield Wednesday forward nets his first goal for New Zealand-based Wellington Phoenix

There were well-wishers aplenty at the announcement that former Sheffield Wednesday forward Gary Hooper had found a new club last month.

Monday, 4th November 2019, 3:04 pm
Updated Monday, 4th November 2019, 3:05 pm
Gary Hooper is congratulated by his Wellington Peonix team mates after scoring his first goal for the club in a 3-2 defeat at Melbourne City

The 31-year-old, who left south Yorkshire with four seasons and 43 Owls goals to his name, signed for New Zealand-based A-League outfit Wellington Phoenix on October 17.

And the marksman has his first Nix goal, scoring their opener in a 3-2 defeat to Melbourne City yesterday, thanks in part to an assist by former Bradford City man David Ball.

The goal, a headed effort at the back post after some loose City defending, came in his first start for the club having come of the bench against Perth Glory last weekend.

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Hooper was voted as the Kiwi side’s man of the match by fans for his goal-scoring start.

The defeat is Phoenix’s fourth in four matches, leaving them at the foot of a table they were expected to compete in this season.

Gary Hooper tussles with Joshua Brillante of Melbourne City during Wellington Pheonix's 3-2 defeat on Sunday