York9 FC adds quadruple-winning Japanese midfielder Wataru Murofushi

YORK REGION — York9 FC added Japanese midfielder Wataru Murofushi to its inaugural roster on Tuesday.

The 23-year-old joins Y9 following a season in which he captained Singaporean outfit Albirex Niigata to a domestic quadruple, winning the Singapore Premier League, Singapore Cup, Singapore League Cup and the Singapore Community Shield in an “invincible” league season (21 wins, 3 draws, 0 losses).

He also stocked his personal trophy cabinet with individual accolades, claiming the 2018 Player of the Year in Singapore.

“Wataru is technically gifted, incredibly exciting to watch, and he’s got exactly the right frame of mind to come continue his professional career in Canada,” head coach Jimmy Brennan said.

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“He’s explosive and exceptionally quick off the ball,” Brennan added. “He’s going to be a great asset to our club.”

Born in Aichi Prefecture, Murofushi, a sports science graduate, played for Juntendo University in Chiba before his pro debut.

He’s York9’s second international player, joining Swedish striker Simon Adiej, pending receipt of his International Transfer Certificate (ITC).