Japanese star Shinji Ono has given Australia's A-League a major boost by signing up with the Western Sydney Wanderers for another season, the club said on Friday.
Ono, 33, who played for Japan 56 times and appeared in three FIFA World Cups™, said he was thoroughly enjoying his time with the competition leaders and wanted to be back for a second A-League season.
The Ono announcement follows the recent decision by Italian superstar Alessandro Del Piero to play another A-League season with Sydney FC.
"I love this club and I want to play more football with them so we can achieve more beyond this season," Ono said in a statement.
"I have told anybody who asks me about the club that it is like a family to me."
Ono said he had unfinished business in the A-League with the Wanderers, who are leading the competition in their debut season.
"We have had a great season and there is much more to do and I want to be part of it," he said.
"Once this season is over I will then look to next season and prepare with my club the best I can."
Wanderers coach Tony Popovic said Ono was an outstanding player who had fitted in well at the club.
"We see his talent every week with his creativity and his skills," Popovic said.
"Shinji is an integral part of our team building next year and we are very happy that he has re-signed with us."
The club chairman Lyall Gorman said Ono has been a major contributor to the club's community engagement programme, working in schools and sporting clubs in Sydney's west.