Former Australia U-17 striker Waring to go on trial with Cerezo Osaka

Melbourne Victory youngster Pierce Waring will audition for the J.League’s Cerezo Osaka during the league’s upcoming World Cup break, Football Tribe has learned.

The 19-year-old, who is currently under contract with Melbourne Victory, made his top team debut last month in an AFC Champions League fixture against Shanghai SIPG, scoring a goal in the same match.

Waring holds a Japanese passport through his mother and would be eligible to join the reigning Emperor’s Cup champions as a domestic signing. The 192-centimeter-tall striker speaks the local language, having spent four years at the academy of current J2 League side Avispa Fukuoka as a child.

“Cerezo have fantastic facilities and this is a great opportunity for me,” Waring told Football Tribe. “Everyone at the club has been wonderful so far. I’m looking forward to the experience.”

Waring, who represented Australia at the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup, will train with Cerezo’s top team as well as the club’s U-23 side.