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Western Sydney entice Japan's Ono to Australia

Published on Sep 28, 2012 6:25 PM

SYDNEY (REUTERS) - Shinji Ono became the latest international name to sign up to play in Australia when the former Japan midfielder was announced as the first marquee player for new A-League club Western Sydney Wanderers on Friday.

Wanderers, who had been in talks with former Germany skipper Michael Ballack, said the gifted but injury-prone player had agreed to join the club from J-League outfit Shimizu S-Pulse for at least one season.

Ono, who played 56 times for his country and featured at three World Cups, follows Italian World Cup winner Alessandro Del Piero and former England striker Emile Heskey in signing up to play in Australia.

"Shinji's class and professionalism will rub off on all the young players we have," club chairman Lyall Gorman said in a news release.

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