All Whites defender Deklan Wynne signs for second-tier club in United States

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New Zealand international Deklan Wynne has signed a multi-season contract with USL Championship side Charleston Battery in South Carolina.

The 27-year-old full-back moves from rival championship club Detroit City, extending his experience in North America.

He has previously played for Major League Soccer franchises Vancouver Whitecaps and Colorado Rapids, and championship side OKC Energy.

Wynne, who has 16 international caps for New Zealand, started in 36 games for Detroit last season, helping them reach the USL Championship playoffs.

The USL Championship is one tier below MLS, the top level of football in the United States.

Battery head coach Ben Pirmann told the club’s website:

“Deklan is one of the best left-backs in all of the USL

“He had an incredible season with Detroit last year in leading them to the playoffs by providing double-digit goal involvements, while also consistently being a lockdown defender in the wide areas.

“Additionally, Deklan is a great footballer with good quickness, agility and stamina, making him the perfect mold of the modern-day fullback.

“He’ll feature in our aggressive system up and down the left channel. Battery supporters will enjoy seeing Deklan working with his teammates to fight each and every minute this season.”

Wynne, who started his senior career with Hamilton Wanderers, said:

“What attracted me to signing for the Battery was, of course, the history of the club and the successes had in the past, along with the way coach Pirmann wants to play an attacking brand of soccer

“I’m looking forward to linking up with my new teammates and coaching staff and creating a historic 2023 season that we can all be proud of when the year is over.”

The Battery came 12th in the Eastern Conference of last season’s USL Championship.

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