Phoenix snare proven Spanish midfielder

New Wellington Phoenix signing Armando Sosa Pena, known as Mandi Source: @WgtnPhoenixFC (Twitter)

Wellington Phoenix have boosted their midfield stocks for the second time in two days, signing Spanish stopper Armando Sosa Pena for a season.

Pena trialled with the A-League club for several weeks after arriving from Spanish second-tier outfit Almeria.

The 29-year-old is Wellington's fifth and final international signing, although another spot could open up midway through the season.

The club is hoping Fijian international striker Roy Krishna will complete his New Zealand citizenship before Christmas, making him a domestic player which will open up another visa spot for coach Mark Rudan.

The signing comes a day after Rudan snared the services of Australian attacking midfielder Max Burgess from the NSW National Premier League.

Pena, known popularly as Mandi, has been a fixture in Spanish second and third division football for the last decade.

He represented Real Madrid's reserve team from 2010 to 2012.

Rudan said Pena will bring solidity to a midfield already featuring industrious Polish holding player Michal Kopczynski.

"I watched him when I was in Europe and he will complement our defensive structure in the middle of the park," Rudan said.

"He is not only a defensive rock but also possesses leadership qualities having captained teams he's played for."

Pena has recovered from a torn Achilles tendon suffered in February which ruled him out of the rest of Almeria's campaign.

"I felt like something new and I like New Zealand and what I have seen," he said.

"Not only will I be living in a beautiful country but I will be playing in the A-League which I think will be a big challenge given the quality of the players here."

The Phoenix roster remains at 18 players after teenage goalkeeper Keegan Smith was released after a mutual termination was agreed.

Smith, who made six A-League appearances last year, has picked up a New Zealand domestic league contract.

Source: AAP