Wellington Phoenix added more firepower to its attack with the signing of ex-Belgium international striker Stein Huysegems.
The 30-year-old has agreed a two-year deal with the A-League side after a 14-year career playing in Belgium and the Netherlands.
Huysegems played 15 times for Belgium, his last appearance being in 2009, and joins Paul Ifill, Benjamin Totori, Jeremy Brockie and Mirjan Pavlovic as an attacking option for Ricki Herbert.
"We searched long and hard to find someone who fitted the criteria of the club and I'm delighted we were able to get the deal over the line," Herbert said.
"Like most A-League clubs, we aren't in a position to lure the likes of Del Piero, but when you look at Stein's background in the Dutch and Belgian first divisions, along with his 15 international caps, I think we've signed a player whose experience and ability to score goals will add a lot to the team.
"You don't play for clubs such as Feyenoord, AZ and FC Twente unless you have ability."
Huysegems has also appeared in the UEFA Champions League and Europa League and is the most highly-credentialed player ever to join Wellington Phoenix.
"Stein had other opportunities in Europe so it is really pleasing that he chose to come to Wellington with his family," Herbert explained.
"I feel he will fit in here perfectly. At 6ft 1in he has a good presence and will add a different dimension to the side.
"His European experience, playing against the likes of Arsenal and Manchester City will also stand him in good stead in the A-League."
Huysegems was sought after in Europe, especially in the Ukraine, but jumped at the chance to try his luck in the A-League.
"It wasn't a hard choice to come to Wellington and the A League," Huysegems said.
"I’'e heard good things about the A League and contacted Archie Thompson who I played with for Lierse in Belgium.
"Archie said if I had the chance to join Wellington to take it.
"I've read good things about Wellington on the internet and my first impressions are good." Huysegems will soon be joined in Wellington by wife Natalie, daughter Roose, 5, and son Lex, 2.
"Of course I want to score goals, that is what strikers love," he said.
"But I also see myself as a team player which is important. If I play well and the team win I am satisfied."
In a further boost for the club, influential Ifill could be available for its season opener against Sydney FC on Saturday 6 October.
The knee and ankle injuries Ifill sustained in a practice game on Tuesday night are not as serious as first feared.
"Paul has a small tear is his right medial collateral ligament,” Phoenix physiotherapist Wayne Roberts said.
"There is also some bruising in his right ankle.
"He is likely to be out for three to four weeks and there is a 50-50 chance he could be available for the start of the season."
The A-League will make its LIVE free-to-air TV debut next season with the blockbuster clash between Sydney FC and Newcastle Jets on Friday 11 October on SBS 2.