Launceston City goal machine Noah Mies has jumped on his club's three-week hiatus to test himself on the mainland.
The in-demand striker has agreed to a short-term deal to play for Caroline Springs George Cross in Victoria's third-tier competition.
With two free weekends coming up due to City's elimination from the Lakoseljac Cup, plus a bye in NPL Tasmania, Mies said he would not be missing any games and went with the blessing of coach Lino Sciulli.
"I'm looking forward to the challenge," he said. "It's a much higher standard and I'm keen to challenge myself. There's a lot of good players over there.
"It's four weeks until City's next game so this fits in well and is a chance to get a taste of interstate football."
Mies, who turns 21 in September, amassed 15 goals last season and already has 10 in 10 games this year and is believed to have attracted interest from other Tasmanian and Melbourne clubs.
While he is keen to make the move to the mainland permanent, Mies said he was keen to complete his accounting studies at UTas first.
George Cross coach Corey Smith said: "Noah possesses power, speed, two feet and an aerial threat. He has a great attitude, a level head and is mature beyond his years."
It's four weeks until City's next game so this fits in wellNoah Mies
The son of City head of coaching Roger Mies is a product of the club's junior set-up and made a smooth transition to the senior game, being named the state league's best junior player in 2017.
Mies said he owed much to the Prospect club where there has been a high turnover of head coaches during his time in the first team.
"We've had four in the last four years which has not been easy but they've all helped me grow as a senior player."
Seventh-placed City's next fixture is the Launceston derby against Riverside Olympic at Windsor Park on Saturday, June 1.