Former Wellington Phoenix striker Gary Hooper signs for English non-league club

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Former Wellington Phoenix forward Gary Hooper has signed with English National League club Barnet.

Hooper (35) has returned to the country of his birth after a brief spell with United Arab Emirates club Gulf United, managed by his onetime Phoenix teammate, Steven Taylor.

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Hooper played two spells with the Phoenix, scoring 13 A-League goals in 36 appearances. He left the Phoenix in March 2022, halfway through a two-year contract.

The former Celtic and Norwich City striker is credited with more than 600 career appearances, and has the distinction of being the only player to have scored goals in the English Premier League, Championship, League One, League Two, FA Cup, League Cup, Football League Trophy, FA Trophy, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, Scottish Cup, Scottish League Cup and the Scottish Premier League.

Since leaving the UK in 2019, after a three-year stint with Sheffield Wednesday, Hooper has played in New Zealand, Cyprus, UAE and India.

Main photo: Gary Hooper … will play in England’s National League. Photo credit: Barnet FC.

This story was first published in October 2023.

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