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Australian Football: Japan midfielder joins City

Melbourne City have snapped up Japanese attacking midfielder Tsubasa Endoh who has penned a six-month contract with the reigning premiers.

City are aiming to go back-to-back and win the grand final this season and now have Endoh on board to help with their title defence.

Vast experience

The 28-year-old has plenty of experience after spending his entire professional career in North America and he was a big hit with MLS side Toronto FC.

Endoh made 80 appearances for Toronto, scoring 10 goals during that time and City Director of Football Michael Petrillo believes he will be a valuable addition to the squad.

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"Endoh is a player with a lot of experience with one of the top teams in the MLS and a proven winner as a starting player in their most recent Grand Final win," he told the club's website.

"He is very good technically, has an attacking mindset and can play in a few different positions which gives us options as we head into a hectic part of the season, with the added bonus of being an Asian player for the Champions League campaign in April."

Fresh challenge

Meanwhile Endoh is also excited about the move and is looking forward to a new challenge in the A-League.

"I’ve always wanted to come to Australia and have heard some great things about Melbourne, so I’m very excited to be joining the current Champions of the A-League," he added.

"I’m looking forward to the attacking style of play at Melbourne City and I’m excited to meet the fans."

Endoh can operate as an attacking central midfielder or out on the wings and will add even more strength and quality to the City attack.

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