Jet-heeled Japanese joins Box Hill’s senior men

January 23, 2020

Box Hill United’s senior men have acquired the services of pacy wide-attacker Junya Takabatake ahead of NPL3 2020, the club are excited to announce.


Takabatake, from Tokushima in Japan, spent 2019 playing for Hoppers Crossing in the State Leagues, before opting to make the switch to Wembley Park.


The 22-year-old wideman banks on his positive aggression and hardworking attributes on the pitch.

He had featured for four years with one of the top university teams in Japan during his studies at the Kokushikan University, before arriving at Hoppers Crossing following his graduation.


Looking ahead to his new spell with Box Hill, Takabatake is determined to make the cut instantly in a more rigorous NPL3 setting.


He said, “I am very happy to join Box Hill. Because I played in the State League last season, I want to play at a higher level now.


“[I aim to] get into the team quickly. It is important talking and communicating with teammates.


“One of the most important things in Australian football is to fight for every situation, and I am not scared to do it.”


Pleased with the squad’s latest addition and the qualities Takabatake brings to the table, Box Hill senior men’s head coach Con Karagiannidis said: “Junya is an exciting, dynamic attacker who definitely has shown at training that he has an eye for goal.


“His ability to use his speed, while having the ball at his feet, makes him a threat to any opposition. More importantly, Junya is a great character with a huge hunger to be a winner.


“I am more than confident that he will be a very exciting player to watch and I am really looking forward to working with him.”

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