The Wellington Phoenix have confirmed their second signing in as many days, unveiling Spanish midfielder Mandi as their final overseas player for the upcoming season.
Mandi, whose full name is Armando Sosa Pena, 29, joins having recently played for Spanish second division side Almeria, but has also spent time playing for Real Madrid's Castilla side, playing alongside the likes of Alvaro Morata, Dani Carvajal and Lucas Vazquez.
The defensive midfielder has been on trial with the club since September, taking part in their tour of Sydney, and joins yesterday's addition Max Burgess on the Phoenix's roster.
Mandi becomes the fourth and final overseas player on the Phoenix's roster, with goalkeeper Filip Kurto, defender Steven Taylor, and midfielder Michal Kopczynski already on the club's books.
Striker Roy Krishna is also considered an overseas player, although is awaiting a decision having applied for New Zealand citizenship.
In a media release, Mandi spoke of his excitement at both joining the Phoenix, as well as living in Wellington.
"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."
Coach Mark Rudan welcomed Mandi's arrival, saying:
"I watched him when I was in Europe and he will complement our defensive structure in the middle of the park.
"He is another player that will work extremely hard for the team and gives their all on the pitch so he will slot in perfectly.
"He is not only a defensive rock but also possesses leadership qualities having captained teams he's played for."
The Phoenix play their first match of the new A-League season against the Newcastle Jets on October 21.