The fourth part of meet the players looks at one of MYFC’s January signings but someone who will is not unfamiliar with the surroundings in the Fujieda area.
Name: Yuki Okada
Joined Fujieda: January 2013
2012 appearances (goals): 11 (0) (for Mito HollyHock)
Yuki Okada graduated from Fujieda Higasi High School in 2001 and joined local amateur side Chūō Bōhan F.C, who are located in the Fujieda. After a year’s experience in the the lower leagues of Japan, Okada signed for J League 2 club Consadole Sapporo. In three seasons at the club, he managed 80 appearances becoming a regular fixture in the side in 2004 and 2005. However, in the following seasons, Okada fall out of favour at the Sapporo Dome and made just one appearance, which was in the Emperor’s Cup, in two years.
He subsequently left the J2 club to drop down a division and play for Tochigi in the Japan Football League, where he instantly made an impact, playing thirty matches and helping his side to promotion to J2. His first season back in the second tier matched any season in his entire career, as he played 38 league matches and scored four scores to secure his side’s survival in the division.
Since then, Okada has played another season at Tochigi before moving to Mito HollyHock for two seasons, where he made 36 appearances. He left Mito in January of this year to join MYFC on a free transfer. His debut for the side will be one to forget though, as he started his first match in Fujieda’s 5-1 loss to Ryukyu on 17th March 2013 and was subbed after 55 minutes.
Okada is equally comfortable playing in right back or in right midfielder making him a versatile option for manager, Toshihide Saito, and although his debut is one to forget, he is a good option for MYFC and with plenty of J2 experience, he could playe a vital part this season.