Player to watch: Shinji Ono

A grand final win would be a fitting way for a classy Shinji Ono to leave the Hyundai A-League.

The Japanese veteran lived up to his 'Genius' nickname in the finals series last season with a delightful chipped goal against Brisbane.

As if reminding the Pirtek Stadium faithful of what they will soon miss, he delivered with a stunning 25-yard drive in the Wanderers' 5-0 AFC Champions League win over Guizhou Renhe in April.

Ono leaves for Consadole Sapporo after the Wanderers' last-16 Champions League tie against Sanfrecce Hiroshima.

"I've had a great time with this club," Ono said of the Wanderers. "I have had with great teammates and incredible supporters and I've had fantastic two seasons. 

"I will miss it, but I will never forget about what I learned here and what I feel here."

Ono's move to Western Sydney was just another in what has been an illustrious career.

He represented Japan 56 times, including at three FIFA World Cups. His club career has been impressive, with spells at Urawa Reds, Feyenoord, Bochum and Shimizu S-Pulse.

Ono's quality stands out, particularly when given space.

"I like to play in big games and there isn't a bigger game in Australia than the grand final," Ono said.

"I wanted to give something back to the club and I want to make a memory for me, my coach and my team that will last forever. I want to achieve in the grand final.

"I believe in the team, I believe in every one of them. We all follow the coach and he believes in us.

"The Wanderers will always hold a special place in my heart and we will not leave any question unanswered." His brilliance will be missed.

Perhaps one last sight of it is on the cards in the grand final as he bids farewell.