Western Sydney's new recruit Shinji Ono has hit the ground running at his new A-League club with his teammates praising the Japanese star's professionalism.
Ono came on as a 59th-minute substitute for former Newcastle forward Labinot Haliti in the Wanderers' debut match against minor premiers the Central Coast at Parramatta Stadium last Saturday.
He had only been in the country for five days before the match - which ended 0-0 - but displayed flashes of quality and had a visible impact on the game including a shot on goal.
Wanderers striker Mark Bridge, who had chances of his own in the entertaining stalemate, said Ono is only going to get better.
"It was hard for him last week, he only arrived on the Monday," Bridge said on Wednesday.
"I think he looked really good on Saturday night for only having been here a week and not training much.
"But he's a massive player and a massive professional, so I'm sure he'll have a big year."
The Wanderers travel to Adelaide for their first game on the road on Friday and coach Tony Popovic may decide to change his lineup to accommodate Ono.
The former Asian Player of the Year will have the benefit of another full week of training and could play a vital playmaking role.
Local western Sydney product Aaron Mooy, an attacking midfielder who returned from a stint in Scotland to be one of the Wanderers' inaugural signings, says Ono is already fitting in well with his new teammates.
Mooy said the squad was learning from Ono's routine.
"Just the little things he does for example before training - the way he stretches, everything is professional about him," Mooy said.
"It's good for all the boys to see that and be around someone like that.
"He's looking really good in training. He's a great player.
"He's having a joke around with the boys too now so that's good."