Football: Wanderers sign Japan's Tanaka for ACL campaign

Football: Wanderers sign Japan's Tanaka for ACL campaign
WS Wanderers players congratulate their teammate Vitor Saba (C, #10) after scoring the equalising goal during the FIFA Club World Cup fifth place football match between ES Setif and Western Sydney Wanderers at Marrakesh stadium in Marrakesh on December 17, 2014.

SYDNEY - Asian club champions Western Sydney Wanderers said Sunday they had signed Japanese defender Yusuke Tanaka for their AFC Champions League title defence.

The Wanderers have agreed a short-term deal with Tanaka covering the group stage and potentially round-of-16 matches.

Tanaka, 28 joins the A-League club from J-League outfit Kawasaki Frontale, with whom he played 39 games in the 2014 season, including two ACL games against the Wanderers.

He previously played for Yokohama F Marinos between 2005 and 2010.

"Yusuke is a fantastic addition to our squad and brings a great deal of experience to the Wanderers," club chief executive John Tsatsimas said.

"He is a talented and capable defender who can play either side of defence and having seen first-hand his work rate we feel that he will fit into both our style of play and our team culture very well." The Wanderers beat Saudi Arabia's Al Hilal 1-0 on aggregate in the final over two legs to become AFC Champions League winners in November only two years after they joined Australia's A-League.

The Wanderers had Japanese superstar Shinji Ono in their first two seasons in the A-League where he was an outstanding success.

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