Melbourne City FC can today announce the signing of Japanese attacker Chinatsu Kira.
She has been capped 12 times by her country and scored five goals for the national team.
The 29-year-old has been at Japanese top flight club Urawa Reds since 2010 and was named the league’s Best Young Player in 2011.
Kira made over 140 appearances for the club and scored more than 50 goals across her 10-year career before now making the move to City and the Westfield W-League.
She will add some firepower and creativity to City’s attack this coming season.
Melbourne City FC Director of Football Michael Petrillo said:
“To have someone of Kira’s class and experience join our program during these challenging times is testament to the reputation our Women's League program has built up around the world.
“Kira is a technically gifted attacking midfielder with a penchant for goals and will add creativity and a goal-scoring threat to our midfield and front third.
“I think she will be a player who will add real class to the W-League competition.”
Chinatsu Kira said:
“Australia was the first country I ever visited, and I still would consider it to be my favourite country - I’ve always wanted to come over here to play.
“Melbourne City has been a great story over the last few seasons and are a successful club that I really wanted to be a part of.
“This will be my first time playing outside of Japan and I can’t wait to get started at City and meet all of my teammates.”