Newcastle Jets have boosted their lacklustre attack with the signing of Finnish striker Aleksandr Kokko on a two-year deal, according to reports.
The A-League outfit has yet to confirm the deal but news has already broken in the Finnish League where club Rovaniemen Palloseura (RoPS) has urging fans to give the popular attacker a fitting send-off.
The Jets finished 8th last season and managed to scrape together just 28 goals - the worst goal tally of any club in the competition.
With that in mind, Russian-born Kokko, who scored 54 goals in 102 games in the Finish Veikkausliiga, could be just what the Hunter outfit needs to fire up their front third.
Kokko has been the Finish League's top scorer twice, netted 17 goals last season, and has put away seven so far this season.
He told RoPS fans on Facebook he was keen to prove his mettle outside Finland.
“I'm really impressed with how the club was happy for me too,” he said.
“All discussions were treated with a warm spirit. On a personal level, of course, I am happy that I get to take the next step in my career. Show the world that I'm fine also outside (Finland).
RoPS Executive Director of Football, Petri Jaatinen praised the departing attacker: “He's done for this club to long and precious day job.
“Everyone knows Kokko's achievements and importance to Rovaniemi. This was the least we could do for him.”
He added that the player was leaving massive boots to fill: “Change always stings, but on the other hand is the opportunity for change.”
Meanwhile the agent behind the deal, Paddy Dominguez, told The World Game: “He’s over the 50 per cent strike-rate when it comes to goals per matches and that’s a very good achievement in anyone’s books.
“It’s easy to have a strike-rate of over 50 per cent if you’ve only played a handful of games, but to maintain it over 100-plus games is outstanding.”
Kokko is expected to link up with the Jets in the next fortnight.