A touch of Spain and Japan for JDT II


  • Football
  • Thursday, 09 Jan 2020

We’ve got the eye of the tiger: New JDT II signings Fernando Rodriguez (right) and Kei Hirosei posing at the JDT headquarters in Iskandar Puteri. — NUR AISYAH MAZALAN/ The Star

ISKANDAR PUTERI: Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) have snapped up former Kedah midfielder Fernando Rodrigues of Spain and Japanese forward Kei Hirose for their second team, currently playing in the Malaysia Premier League.

The two players were revealed by the club’s technical director Alistair Edwards at a press conference held at the Southern Tigers’ new stadium, the Sultan Ibrahim Stadium here.

Edwards said the two new additions would be a great boost for their second team, which mainly consist of younger players.

“Both Rodrigues and Hirose can fit in with our philosophy and help develop our younger talents, ” he said.

Meanwhile, the 32-year-old Rodrigues said he does not feel he has been “downgraded” to the second team despite having a good track record during his stint with Kedah.

“My objective is to help develop the younger players in JDT II and make the team competitive in the upcoming season.

“If the time comes for me to play in the first team, I will not object, ” he said.

Kei, 24, who previously played in the Indonesian top tier league and has experience playing in Malta, said he was very impressed with JDT II’s style of play, which would suit him.

“JDT play a game similar to Spain’s ‘tiki-taka’, and I am very used to playing with short passes and movements. Not many people know me, but it is okay. I plan to show the quality of my play through this team, ” he added.

Both players have signed two-year contracts with the club and will be under the Spanish head coach of JDT II Rafa Gil.

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