The midfielder was without a club following his released from Melbourne Heart.
A-League stalwart Matt Thompson has secured a trial at Wellington Phoenix after failing to earn a contract at Brisbane Roar.
Thompson has been training with Roar for the past six weeks to maintain fitness after he was released by Melbourne Heart coach John Aloisi at the end of last season but wasn’t offered a playing deal, Football Australia understand.
It widely assumed that he would have to leave his home country if he wanted to continue his playing career before the offer from Phoenix came to light and the midfielder is now set to feature in their pre-season programme.
The New Zealand side have two friendlies on the horizon against his former club Newcastle Jets and then Western Sydney Wanderers, with the 31-year-old likely to play some part after connecting with his new team-mates in Sydney.
No player has accumulated more A-League appearances than Thompson, racking up 120 games over five years for the Jets and winning the championship in 2007-08 before his move to Heart at the start of 2010-11 where his tally has since risen to 203.
Should he become part of Ernie Merrick’s roster on a permanent basis it will be his ninth consecutive campaign in Australia’s elite division.