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Albirex defender Yanagi makes the leap to Japanese second division

Albirex Niigata (S) defender Yasutaka Yanagi has joined the White Swans' parent club for the upcoming J-League Two season, it was announced on Saturday.

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The 23-year-old had a standout season in Singapore, making 22 league appearances and scoring two goals, as Albirex claimed the quadruple for the second consecutive year.

The 1.87m youngster played such a key part in Albirex's backline that the White Swans’ only two losses came when he was not on the field.

It was also a good experience for me. When I first arrived in Singapore, I took sometime to adjust to my new environment

- Yasutaka Yanagi

“l have decided to move to Albirex Niigata Japan for the coming season. For the past season, our team reached our target of retaining the four titles," said the defender.

"It was also a good experience for me. When I first arrived in Singapore, I took sometime to adjust to my new environment."

"But thanks to my teammates, coaches and supporters, I am able to adapt in time to contribute to my team. I want to thank all of you in Singapore very much. I will work hard for my new team in Japan."

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