Wanderers sign Japan international

The Western Sydney Wanderers have signed attacker and Japanese international Yojiro Takahagi for the upcoming AFC Champions League campaign.

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.

This excitement factor, and his ability to create and score goals, saw him make his international debut for the Blue Samurai in 2013.

Red & Black fans will remember the 28 year old from the AFC Champions League when he orchestrated a 2-0 win against the Wanderers in the first leg of the Round of 16.

Wanderers 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 Wanderers Group Stage and potential Round of 16 matches.