It didn't take long for Leroy Jennings to realise what type of coach Luke Wilkshire is.
From the first training session with the NSW squad, the attacker was drawn to the former Socceroo's professionalism and intensity.
Such was his impression, Jennings decided to depart Blacktown to join the Wolves.
Having signed his contract, the 22-year-old is eager to make an impression once the squad returns from the Christmas break in January.
"My move is based on what's best for my career," Jennings said. "From the experience I had with Luke in the NSW squad, I got to see what type of guy he is.
"He still has hunger in him and wants to push players to the next level, to be professionals. That's my dream, my goal. Wollongong has the resources, the platform, I need to push me on to the next level."
The signing bolsters the Wolves attacking stocks after a year in which they struggled to convert chances.
Jennings and Corrimal's Van Elia are major additions to a squad already boasting Thomas James, Lachlan Scott and Hamish Lamberton.
Having been impressed by what he saw from the emerging talent in NSW camp, Wilkshire is confident he will thrive in Wollongong.
"The biggest thing for me is he's a player who's hungry," Wilkshire said.
"He's fast, he can finish, he's got a fantastic attitude. He'll complement what we've got, the players we've got. We have options in the front third, he'll fit in with the way we want to play."