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Gameiro joins Wellington Phoenix on loan

Young Fulham striker Corey Gameiro has joined Wellington Phoenix on loan until the end of the season.

The Australian youth international is highly rated at Motspur Park and impressed during a loan spell with Dutch club PSV Eindhoven, making eight appearances. Fulham have agreed to loan Gameiro, who starred at the recent AFC Under-19 championship, to the Phoenix to aid his development with a healthy dose of first-team football and the 20 year-old could be available to make his debut for the Wellington side against the Brisbane Roar next week.

Gameiro scored all six of Australia’s goals during last summer’s AFC championship and is expected to be part of the Australian side that has qualified for this year’s Under 20 World Cup. Phoenix coach Ricki Herbert, a former New Zealand national team boss, was delighted to conclude the deal:

It is important to establish relationships with clubs around the world and it is exciting that we are now forming one with an English Premier League side. Having players coming this way is good for the future of the club.

Williams and Gameiro earn Australian call-ups

Fulham’s young Australian duo Ryan Williams and Corey Gameiro have been called up to the Australian Under-19 squad for AFC Under 19 Championships in the United Arab Emirates next month.

The Socceroos have been pitted against Qatar, Syria and Saudi Arabia in Group D of the competition, which kicks off tomorrow. The Australians face the Qataris in their first game on Sunday and the top two sides from each group progress through to the quarter finals. The four sides who reach the semi-finals will automatically qualify for the Under-20 World in Turkey next season.