FORMER Broadmeadow Magic striker Joel Wood is set to make his debut for Chinese club Tuen Mun Progoal on Tuesday night in the Hong Kong first division.
The 24-year-old signed on Saturday after earlier trialling with Hong Kong club Fourway Athletics.
Fourway and Wood could not agree to terms, but Tuen Mun Progoal then offered the Nelson Bay lad a contract through to May.
It has been an exciting winter for Wood, who trained with the Newcastle Jets and played in a pre-season match for the A-League champions against Central Coast.
Wood impressed Tuen Mun Progoal in a trial last week against a Chinese Super League team.
Tuen Mun Progoal were beaten 12-1, but Wood scored his side's only goal and hit the crossbar with another attempt.
Wood's father, James, said his teammates were Chinese except for one Brazilian player.
The club's training regimen is certainly tough with three sessions per day in the pre-season.
Meanwhile, Central Coast midfielder Ahmad Elrich, an off-season target of the Jets, will not play again this season after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament against Queensland on Sunday.
And Mariners left back Dean Heffernan has hit a snag in his recovery from a leg break he suffered in December. Heffernan's leg is now back in plaster for three more weeks, and he will not return until at least November.
Sydney defender Jacob Timpano will miss six weeks after minor surgery to remove a bone spur from his ankle.