Toronto FC make it official, sign CanMNT winger Issey Nakajima-Farran to bolster flank
Reinforcements are still trickling in at Toronto FC, the most recent of which is a Canadian international that should add more quality on the flanks.
Toronto FC announced Friday that the club has signed 29-year-old midfielder Issey Nakajima-Farran. As per team and league policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“We are very excited to get this deal finalized and bring Issey on as an official member of Toronto FC,” general manager Tim Bezbatchenko said in a statement. “Issey has been training with the club on and off for a number of weeks and is quite familiar with the coaches and players. We needed to add another wide player to our roster and we are confident he will be able to fit in nicely here at TFC.”
Nakajima-Farran most recently spent time on loan at Cypriot club Alki Larnaca FC from AEK Larnaca FC during the 2012-13 season. He was on trial with TFC during the first leg of preseason in Bradenton, Fla., and has been training with the club over the past three weeks.
“This would be another nice little destination for me next,” Nakajima-Farran told reporters earlier this spring. “It's a great set of guys. I'm not too used to being on trial, but they don't make me feel like I'm on trial, I feel like part of the team already.”
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He also spent time with Albirex Nigata of Japan’s J-League in 2003, and from there he went on to play for Albirex Singapore for two seasons, receiving the S.League “Young Player of the Year” award in 2005. Nakajima-Farran also made stops with Danish clubs Vejle Boldklub, and AC Horsens as well as Brisbane Roar of the A-League.
The midfielder has earned 30 caps for Canada, with one goal to his name. He has represented Canada at three CONCACAF Gold Cup tournaments (2007, 2009, 2013). His most recent cap came on November 19, 2013, in a friendly match against Slovenia.