Indonesia star Irfan signs for J.League outfit Ventforet

Indonesia international Irfan Bachdim will be playing in the J.League Division 1 in 2014 after signing for Ventforet Kofu from Thai Premier League giants Chonburi.

The move, which was confirmed by the J.League on their official Facebook page, was completed after both player and club agreed to personal terms, with a medical the only thing that has yet to be completed.

The attacker, who was once on the books of Ajax and began his professional career at Eredivisie side Utrecht, moves to the Yamanashi Chuo Bank Stadium after spending the last 12 months in Thailand.

Despite a bright start to life at Chonburi, he was loaned out to Sriracha in the latter parts of the campaign after a couple of injury problems.

However, Irfan has clearly done enough to convince Ventforet manager Hiroshi Jofuku that he has what it takes to contribute to his new club.

And speaking on the eve of his unveiling, the 25-year-old was understandably delighted at the prospect of playing in what many regard as the best league in Asia.

“First of all, I am very happy,” he said. “This is a new step in life and for my career.

“It was always my dream to come to Asia and find my way to a higher stage and now I’ve reached this goal.

“I hope to play as many games as possible and represent Indonesia in Japan, because I know Indonesia has a lot of great players.”

Furthermore, Irfan hopes his move will pave the way for more of his countrymen to ply their trade in the J.League.

“I hope my move will introduce Japanese football to Indonesian players,” he added.

“So hopefully I’m opening doors for them and they might come and follow and play football on a high stage like in Japan.”


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