Pacific FC announced Tuesday the club has signed Canadian international Issey Nakajima-Farran, bringing on the vastly experienced and well-travelled attacker ahead of the 2019 CPL season.
Nakajima-Farran, 34, left his birthplace of Calgary for Japan at the age of three where he started playing football in the junior youth program. At 10, he moved to England to play for Crystal Palace’s youth team. He returned to Japan at 16 and started his professional career with J2 League’s Albirex Niigata and was later transferred to Albirex Niigata Singapore FC, where he scored 26 goals in 45 appearances. He was awarded the Singapore Young Player of the Year in 2005.
For five years, Nakajima-Farran played in Denmark for clubs including Vejle Boldklub, FC Nordsjaelland and AC Horsens. He went on to sign a one-year contract with Australian A-League team Brisbane Roar FC followed by a stint in Cyprus. He played in the MLS for Toronto FC and Montreal Impact and most recently played in Spain and Malaysia.
He returns to Canada to join the Vancouver Island-based CPL outfit for the inaugural season.
“Although I’ve been fortunate to play all over the world the most at home I’ve ever felt was playing for Canada,” Nakajima-Farran said. “Now I have a chance to play in Canada in front of my friends and family doing what I consider to be the best job in the world.”
Nakajima-Farran made his debut for the Canadian National Team in 2006 and has represented the country in 38 appearances. He has also played alongside Pacific FC owners Josh Simpson and Rob Friend.
“Issey brings a lot of experience to our team from his time abroad. He fits perfectly into our group of both young and more experienced players,” said Michael Silberbauer, head coach of Pacific FC “With him in the squad the level of the team has once again improved.”
Nakajima-Farran joins 12 players who have been named to Pacific FC’s roster: Marcel de Jong, Marcus Haber, Kadin Chung, Mark Village, Nolan Wirth, Ben Fisk, Victor Blasco, Jose Hernandez, Matthew Baldisimo, Terran Campbell, Noah Verhoeven and Alessandro Hojabrpour.