Wolves coach Luke Wilkshire believes new addition Takeru Okada has the ability to play in the A-League as the NSW NPL club put the finishing touches on their 2019 squad.
Okada was officially unveiled as a Wolves player on Friday after spending last season playing in the Illawarra Premier League with Corrimal Rangers.
The Japanese attacker, who will fill the Wolves’ second VISA spot, has been training with Wollongong since taking part in the club’s trial match against Central Coast Mariners last October.
Wilkshire has continued to hold the former Cerezo Osaka youth player in high regard since.
“I was impressed by Takeru the first time I saw him play,” Wilkshire said.
“My opinion of him has only grown since. He is very quick, direct, works hard, is dangerous from set pieces and will prove a real attacking weapon.
“In fact, I think he has the quality to play A-League football.”
Okada arrived at Corrimal in 2018, but had previously spent time playing in the Polish first division with GKS Betchatow Football Club.
Okada will follow in the footsteps of former Wolves striker Yuzo Tashiro and participate in a General English Language course at the University Of Wollongong College. He is the third player from the IPL that is set to make the step up to NPL level.
The Wolves announced Bulli stars Harry Callahan and Guy Knight had penned deals last month.
English striker Thomas James fills the club’s other VISA spot.