New Zealand international striker Monty Patterson has joined Wellington Phoenix on loan from Ipswich Town.
The 21-year-old striker has failed to break in to Mick McCarthy’s Championship side this season and will head to Wellington for the rest of the A League campaign.
It could be the last time Patterson plays for Ipswich because his contract is up in June, and after two loan spells at Braintree Town he has made just a single appearance for the first team this season.
Patterson is highly rated in New Zealand and has 13 caps for the All Whites since making his debut in the OFC Pacific Games in 2016. He has scored once for the New Zealand international side.
A former Eastern Suburbs player, Patterson moved to Ipswich in 2016 and has mostly played in the u23s league, where he regularly appears on the score sheet.
Patterson will line up for Phoenix in an attack in place of injured top scorer Andrija Kaludjerovic, who was injured in the 1-0 defeat to Adelaide United at the Westpac Stadium on Saturday.
Fellow striker Hamish Watson has left the club to join Team Wellington, leaving Phoenix with a shortage of options up front.
The only other fit striker at the club is 19-year-old Logan Rogerson, while new signing Matija Ljujic can also debutise at the top of an attacking formation if needed.
Patterson is the second All White to leave Ipswich in the transfer window after veteran defender Tommy Smith signed for MLS side Colorado Rapids to play under former All Whites coach Anthony Hudson.