Scott Miller hopes Newcastle Jets will find the next Bruno Fornaroli as he seeks to boost his side's goal tally in the A-League's 2016-17 season.
Miller has only recently returned from more than a month on a scouting mission of both United Kingdom and Scandinavia, with the Jets' pre-season training starting on Monday.
Newcastle's coach remains confident he can finalise deals for at least two or three more players over the "next four to six weeks" as the looks to lead the Jets to silverware.
"They are the definitions and the difference. You look at a solid [number] nine and the influence [Bruno] Fornaroli had last year at Melbourne City," Miller told reporters on Monday.
"That was a risk bringing him in there and he repaid that. Now his reputation has grown.
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"He'd be on the table for a club like us at this stage. We need to find a player that plays in our system but also supports the culture we've got.
"I won't shy away from their ability both technically and tactically, that's important, but they also need a work ethic and drive to join the club."
With new owners, China-based Ledman Group and a hungry squad, these are the start of what could be exciting times at Hunter Stadium.
The Jets missed the finals for a sixth straight season last term but have made some key acquisitions as they look to rebuild.
Midfielder Wayne Brown has arrived from Finland, winger Andrew Hoole is back in town, while youngsters Devante Clut, Jack Duncan and Daniel Alessi all have points to prove.
But it's the front third that Miller has identified as the key area his side must strengthen to make a return to the finals.
"You look at our goals last year, 28 goals scored. You need to be scoring 40-plus to be successful at this level," the Jets boss conceded.
Miller said Newcastle were hoping to play as many as nine matches in pre-season including a possible tour of China in August.
Asked how pivotal this pre-season was with all the changes at the club over the last few weeks, Miller said: "It's nice to hear anticipation [around Newcastle] especially from where we've been and the negativity that was attached to it.
"To have ambition and expectation [again] from the community [is great] but more importantly their support is more important at this stage.
Miller added: "I've asked every player to be reflective every day and more importantly be present every day. Some players you don't know they are here some days.
"I want players to have an identity, I want them to develop every day and take accountability on that development."