The Weston Bears international recruit Jason Thien-Fooh had his first training session with his new club on Monday night.
Dutchman Thien-Fooh was introduced to the Bears players by coach Kew Jaliens, who is assembling a young but talented squad for the 2019 NPL season.
Jaliens said he expected the young Dutchman to have a big impact once he had settle in.
The Bears have added several players to their list and welcomed back two former Bears.
Jamie Subat returns to the team to play alongside long-time teammate Nathan Morris to give the young Bears experience.
Also back in the Bears strip is Zach Sneddon after a successful stint in the US playing college soccer.
Among the new faces are former Emerging Jets player Caleb Cox, Liam Wilson, a creative midfielder who spent time with the Central Coast Mariners and Victorian brothers Sam and Jack Kamper who played state league football with Dandenong and moved to the Hunter with their parents.
Valentine and Adamstown shot-stopper Scott Carter has made to move out to Weston and will fill goal-keeping duties.
Jaliens said he could not be happier with the teams development at this stage of their preparation.
“We’ve got a good group of boys in the squad who want to prove themselves,” he said.
He said the 18s and 20s squads had played in the Heritage Cup and progressed to the semi-final stage.
The Bears defeated Cessnock City 3-1 on Saturday night at Turner Park with goals from Liam Nivison and Kamper, as well as a penalty from Subat,
The young team plays Lake Macquarie City on Wednesday at Speers Point at 8pm in the second of two semi-finals. It follows the game between Edgeworth Eagles and West Wallsend.
The two winning sides will square off in the Ampcontrol Heritage Cup final on Saturday at Rockwell Automation Park at 6.30pm, while the losers of those matches will play in a third placed playoff at 5pm.
Jaliens said first grade had a separate trial schedule which continues on Sunday at home against the Lambton Jaffas.
After that they are also at Weston on Saturday, February 23 against Sydney NPL team Hakoah.