Brandon Wilson is determined to put an Olyroos suspension behind him and kick-start his career after signing an A-League contract with Wellington.
Serving an international ban for unprofessional conduct, defensive midfielder Wilson played just one game for Perth this season before Glory officials agreed to terminate his deal last week.
Phoenix coach Ufuk Talay, who has worked with Wilson in Australia's national youth set-up, believes he had made an astute signing despite the 22-year-old's difficulties in 2019.
Wilson is one of four players suspended from international football for their involvement in a misdemeanour in Cambodia in April while on Olyroos duty.
Along with Adelaide United star Riley McGree and Melbourne City pair Nathaniel Atkinson and Lachlan Wales, Wilson was found guilty by the FFA of unprofessional conduct after an incident involving a woman.
Wilson said the trans-Tasman shift was an important personal step.
"It feels like a fresh start. I'm looking forward to the fresh start and hopefully I can gain trust back from the Australian public," he said.
"The boss, Uffie, I've worked with him before and I know what he's about and I know his style, and for me that was a massive selling point for him to give me an opportunity."
Wilson played 43 A-League games for Perth since his debut in August 2016 but his only appearance this season was in the opening round.
Talay said Wilson will boost Wellington in the centre of the park and at right back, where they've have lost the services of the injured Louis Fenton for the remainder of this campaign.
He backed the newcomer to learn from his mistakes and prove himself during his 18-month deal.
"That's just one mishap that's just happened and we just move on from it. It's a fresh start, he knows it's a fresh start," Talay said.
"We also do our character checks and our background checks and I've known Brandon for a long and know what type of kid he is."
Botswana-born Wilson played at youth level for English club Burnley and made his senior debut on loan at Stockport County in 2016.
He captained the Olyroos in two friendlies against New Zealand last September.