Ernie Merrick has made his first signing as Newcastle Jets coach, luring veteran goalkeeper Glen Moss from Wellington with a one-year A-League deal.
Moss, 34, played under Merrick at the Phoenix and Melbourne Victory and will link up with the Jets after New Zealand's Confederations Cup campaign.
He is the fifth player to sign for Newcastle from a rival A-League club, following Roy O'Donovan (Central Coast), Mario Shabow (Western Sydney), Kosta Petratos (Perth) and Joe Marston-medal winner Daniel Georgievski (Melbourne Victory).
The Jets are expected to be aggressive movers in the transfer market over the off-season and are reportedly eyeing off the likes of Mark Milligan, Nathan Burns, Mitch Nichols, Alan Baro and Marcelo Carrusca.
Moss said he was rapt to make the shift to the Jets, whose ambitious Chinese owners are seeking a return to finals football next season and AFC Champions League qualification within two years.
"I have been at Wellington for five years so changing environments and moving to a club that will not accept anything less than top results and playing finals football next year is something that has got me naturally excited," he said.
Moss will battle Jack Duncan for the club's No.1 goalkeeping position with Ben Kennedy released last week.
"I have coached Glen at two clubs and have found him to be the consummate professional," Merrick said.
"Glen is extremely capable both technically and physically, and he is a first-class character."