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Ange’s January Transfer Window Planning Started the day the Summer Window Shut

8 January 2022

“Everyone at the club worked awfully hard to get the deals done and we had great co-operation from the Japanese clubs involved and their representatives, and I’m really pleased we managed to get them over so early.


‘I think they’ll be an important part of what we’re trying to build here, so from our perspective, they’re here for the long term and we hope they can be successful in the years ahead.’

“I know Daizen well. He’s a really determined character who wants to improve.

“He’s one that knows our style of play and I was keen to bring him in during the summer. I know his attributes and I think he will do well for us.

“Reo is a player I watched develop in Japan. His old team Kawasaki Frontale have been the outstanding team in the J-League for the last five years with some ridiculous talent in their ranks and Reo is one of them.


“He’s had a lot of success playing for a club that wants to win every week, which sounds similar to this club. He has the right character and I think he will develop over time.”

Yosuke is someone I followed and scouted from my time in the Australian national team,” he said. “He’s an exciting young talent and a guy I’m really pleased to bring in and work with.

“For Daizen, I can see there’s unfinished business for him from his time in Europe and he wanted to get another opportunity.


‘It’s an added bonus that Yosuke and Daizen have experience playing in Europe and I like the fact they went back to Japan with the intent of proving themselves and going again.’

“It’s a very different culture in Japan and for a lot of Japanese players that first move across can be pretty challenging.

“It’s not about trying to create a unique environment for them, they know they’re here to represent this football club and they know the challenges involved.

“The whole group will be happy to get three quality footballers to help us on our path.”