Western Sydney Wanderers have further bolstered their squad for the upcoming Asian Champions League campaign with the signing of Japanese midfielder Yojiro Takahagi.With over 250 appearances for J-League side Sanfrecce Hiroshima including winning back-to-back J-1 titles in 2012 and 2013, Takahagi will bring a touch of class and excitement to the Wanderers’ front third.
The 28-year-old made his international debut for the Blue Samurai in 2013 at the East Asian Cup.
CEO John Tsatsimas was very pleased with the capture of the accomplished playmaker.
“We are very pleased to have been able to do this piece of business in the transfer window,” said Tsatsimas.
“Takahagi is a very experienced and talented attacking player who has the versatility to play in a number of positions in the front third.
“We had the opportunity to play against him in the Round of 16 in last year’s Champions League so we know firsthand the player’s ability and attitude on the pitch and we are very excited for him to join the squad.
“With caps for Japan, plenty of ACL experience and at 28 years old we have found a player that is hungry for more success, something as a Club we are all striving for.”
Starting his youth career at Sanfrecce Hiroshima, Tanaka joined the senior ranks and, aside from a one season loan to then J-2 side Enhime FC in 2006, was a consistent first team player who made over 250 appearances for the Club.
Tanaka has been signed on a short-term Champions League contract for the Group Stage and potential Round of 16 matches