Hometown: Johannesburg, South Africa
Previous Club: Detroit City FC
National Team: New Zealand
Deklan Wynne enters his first season with the Battery after signing a multi-year contract ahead of the 2023 season.
The 28-year-old brings with him bags of experience at the club and international levels, previously playing for MLS sides Vancouver Whitecaps FC and Colorado Rapids, USL Championship clubs OKC Energy FC and Detroit City FC, and is a current member of the New Zealand Men’s National Team.
Wynne was a core piece of Detroit’s run to the 2022 USL Playoffs last season, starting 36 matches while contributing three goals and eight assists across all competitions. His 2,940 minutes played in league competition were the most by an outfield player for Detroit. He was named the league’s 2022 Mid-season Defender of the Year by fan vote. Wynne is capable of being deployed as both a left-back and left-midfielder.
At 19 years old, Wynne made his senior national team debut on November 14, 2014, contributing an assist in New Zealand’s 1-1 draw against China. He also competed in tournaments for New Zealand’s U-20 and U-23 teams.
Wynne has been capped by New Zealand’s senior team 16 times, featuring in World Cup qualifiers and the Confederations Cup, and has tallied two assists. Wynne most recently played for the All Whites in a September 2022 friendly against Australia.
In 2015, Wynne made the move to North America to join Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2, playing there for three seasons before being acquired by Colorado Rapids in December 2017. With Colorado, he made 39 appearances across all competitions from 2018 to 2019.
Wynne made his senior club debut in November 2013 for New Zealand side Wanderers SC, playing two seasons for the team before heading to the U.S.
A native of South Africa, Wynne’s family emigrated to New Zealand when he was a teenager.