Roar sign experienced J1 League striker Masato Kudo


Brisbane Roar has bolstered its attack with the addition of Japanese international Masato Kudo.

The experienced Japanese attacker, who has spent the vast majority of his career in the J1 League with Kashiwa Reysol, will call Brisbane home for the upcoming A-League campaign.

The four-time Japan international boasts an esteemed club career in his home country, which includes a J1 League title as well as J. League Cup, Emperor’s Cup and Japanese Super Cup successes.

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He boasts the title of Kashiwa Reysol’s all-time leading goalscorer with 92 goals across 263 appearances for the club.

“It has been a long-term ambition of mine to play in Australia. When the opportunity came to play for Brisbane Roar, I couldn’t turn it down,” Masato said.

“I cannot wait to meet up with the squad and push for the title this season. I will give everything I have for the Club and our fans.”

Head Coach Warren Moon said: “We’re incredibly excited to welcome a player of Masato’s calibre to Brisbane Roar and to the A-League.

“He has had a very successful career in Japan and one that has yielded plenty of goals. To be as successful, and as damaging as he has been as a striker, at the clubs he’s played for, speaks to the quality of player we’re bringing into the Club.

“His record over a number of years is quite remarkable and he will be a terrific addition to our squad.”

Masato’s addition is Head Coach Warren Moon’s second from the J1 League, following the signing of young Japanese talent Riku Danzaki last month.

Brisbane Roar opens its A-League campaign on Tuesday, 29 December against Wellington Phoenix at Dolphin Stadium.


Goalkeepers: 1.Macklin FREKE, 21.Jamie YOUNG

Defenders: 3.Corey BROWN, 5.Tom ALDRED (c), 6.Macaulay GILLESPHEY, 16.Joshua BRINDELL-SOUTH, 19.Jack HINGERT, 27.Kai TREWIN, 28.Izaack POWELL, 29.Jordan COURTNEY-PERKINS

Midfielders: 8.Danny KIM, 14.George MELLS, 15.Jesse DALEY, 25.Rahmat AKBARI, 26.Jay O’SHEA

Attackers: 7.Jai INGHAM, 9.Masato KUDO, 10.Riku DANZAKI, 11.Joe CHAMPNESS, 23.Dylan WENZEL-HALLS, 77.Scott MCDONALD