Melbourne City have actually strengthened their W-League title defence by signing Japanese international Chinatsu Kira for the upcoming season.

An attacking midfielder, Kira has actually scored five goals in 12 internationals for Japan.

The 2014 Asian Cup winner signs up with City after a 10-year career at Japanese leading flight club Urawa Reds.

” Australia was the very first country I ever went to, and I still would consider it to be my preferred country – I’ve always wished to come over here to play,” Kira said.

” Melbourne City has been a fantastic story over the last couple of seasons and are an effective club that I actually wished to be a part of.

” This will be my very first time playing beyond Japan and I can’t wait to get begun at City and meet all of my colleagues.”

City have had an off-season of reconstructing after the similarity Steph Catley and Lydia Williams departed for the UK.

Kira, who is completing her hotel quarantine period, will include some much-needed experience and goal-scoring power.

” To have someone of Kira’s class and experience join our program throughout these challenging times is testimony to the reputation our ladies’s league program has actually developed up worldwide,” City football director Michael Petrillo stated.

” Kira is a technically gifted assaulting midfielder with a fondness for objectives and will add imagination and a goal-scoring hazard to our midfield and front 3rd.

” I believe she will be a gamer who will include genuine class to the W-League competitors.”

City was because of open their campaign against Sydney FC on December 30 however that video game is now most likely to be held off due to Victoria’s border closure.