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By ESPN Staff

Phoenix sign All Whites defender Hogg

Wellington Phoenix have signed former Auckland City defender Ian Hogg until the end of the A-League season.

The 23-year-old Hawke's Bay-born player impressed Phoenix coach Ricki Herbert with his performances for the All Whites and New Zealand under-23 team.

"I've been waiting a while to get a break here and now that it's come I can't wait to get started," Hogg said.

"I think it is a good time to come in because Ricki is giving young guys a chance and playing a new style that I believe will suit my game."

Hogg caught Herbert's attention when he scored on his senior All Whites debut against El Salvador in May, going on to perform solidly at last year's London Olympics where he started all three games.

Hogg, who also turned out for the All Whites at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, most recently played at Major League Soccer club Portland Timbers.

While not making a first team appearance, Hogg played reserve team games after initially being sidelined with visa problems.

He hasn't played since last September, but came through Phoenix fitness testing without any issues.

Hogg will train with the Phoenix squad for the first time on Wednesday and will be eligible to play for the club from January 14.

Sitting second bottom on the A-League ladder, the Phoenix have returned home without a point after two away matches against Brisbane Roar and Melbourne victory.

Their next game is against Western Sydney Wanderers in Wellington on January 13 before they cross the ditch to meet Sydney FC on January 19.

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