The list of Illawarra talent in the A-League continues to grow after the Western Sydney Wanderers announced the signing of Phillip Cancar on Monday afternoon.
The Wollongong teen will join fellow local Tate Russell in the Wanderers' defence for the 2020/21 season.
Other current Illawarra-based players in the league include Sydney FC's Joel King and Western United defender Aaron Calver.
Cancar - who represented the Young Socceroos last year - ended days of speculations about his future by penning a one-year deal with Western Sydney following an overseas stint with Croatian club Hrvatski Dragovoljac.
The 19-year-old said he was attracted to the Wanderers by the chance to learn under head coach Carl Robinson.
"I thought the Wanderers would be the perfect move for me as the team has high-quality players and coaches to learn from everyday," he said.
"Being 16 when I went to Europe and living most of the time alone was a massive experience for me. I think it made me mature more as a person and as a footballer.
"I'm excited to work under such a great coach in Carl Robinson and his coaching staff as well as to be able to learn from them and the more experienced players in the club as much as I can.
"A club like the Wanderers such a great history and an amazing fan base so it's a dream come true."
Wollongong Wolves midfielder Takeru Okada recently trialed with the Wanderers and fellow A-League club Newcastle, however, it's understood he will remain at the Wolves next year.