Wanderers sign Japanese striker Jumpei Kusukami to lead their attack into Asia

Looking towards their upcoming Asian Champions League campaign, the Western Sydney Wanderers today confirmed the signing of Japanese attacker Jumpei Kusukami. 

With over 100 appearances in the J-League under his belt at Kawasaki Frontale and Cerezo Osaka, Kusukami is hoped to bring a new “attacking flair to the Wanderers.”

In the past the Wanderers have been highly receptive to signing Asian-based footballers, most notably, marquee Shinji Ono.

Ono’s time with the club seemingly continues to pay dividends; as Kusukami reflects on a conversation with Ono encouraging him to join the club. Thus, playing a pivotal role in ultimately making the decision to make the move.


THE ONO INFLUENCE

“I was told that fans of Wanderers are the best and most enthusiastic in the world by my idol, Shinji Ono. I look forward to this new adventure and to play in front of the fans,” Kusukami said.

Kusukami qualifies as the club’s Asian visa player for the Asian Champions League. His own experience in the competition will be incredibly valuable as the Red and Black prepare for their third campaign in Asia.

“Kusukami has played a lot of matches in one of the top leagues in Asia. He has experience in the Champions League and the versatility to play in a number of positions in the front third,” Wanderers CEO, John Tsatsimas said of the move.

Jacob Arnott