Western Sydney Wanderers marquee star Shinji Ono will quit the club at the end of his current contract to reurn to Japan, the club confirmed today, ending weeks of speculation.
Ono will see out the of this current season and all Wanderers Asian Champions League commitments up to the round of 16 if they qualify from the group stage.
But at the end of May he will sever his ties with Sydney and join Consadole Sapporo in the J-2 League after two seasons of playing in Parramatta.
Having spent two years away from his wife and two young children who have remained in Japan, Shinji has expressed his desire to see out his career in his home country to be closer to his young family.
In June, Ono will link up with J-2 club to play out the remainder of the season in Japan as the club chases promotion to the J-League.
Western Sydney Wanderers Executive Chairman, Lyall Gorman paid tribute to the start who revived his career in the A-League and spoke of the club’s "utmost admiration and affection" for Shinji.
“Shinji is the ultimate professional on and off the field and the ultimate gentleman. He will leave us with long lasting memories of his time with our club,” said Gorman.
“He is committed to the Wanderers until the end of his contract in May this year which will see him help lead our club in its 2014 Asian Champions League debut and hopefully a second Hyundai A-League Finals Series.
“Shinji Ono will forever be remembered in our club folklore and on behalf of the entire Wanderers family we look forward to making the final months of his time in Australia with the Wanderers a memorable one.
"He will always be a part of the Wanderers family and story as history records it over time. We wish him every success in his return to his homeland and thank him for his incredible contribution to our club’s birth and journey thus far.”2 comments