White goalkeeper Michael Wood has signed a contract with the Japanese club in the first division after three years in the Netherlands.
Almir City confirmed in a statement on Tuesday that they would sign a three-year deal with Kyoto Sanga, the newly-promoted Japanese club for the J1 League.
Wood’s performance for the Olympias team at last year’s Olympics in Tokyo “sparked interest from the Japanese, which led to this change,” the Almere City report said.
“For Michael Wood, a dream come true with this transfer. We wish him all the best in Japan, “said Tunes Jacobs, Mer City manager.
Nico Kirwan scored a late goal to put the Whites ahead against Bahrain.
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Wood, who turned 23 this month, had a clean sheet in the White House’s opener with a 1-0 win over South Korea, but missed all three of Honduras’ goals in New Zealand’s 3-2 defeat.
Coach Danny Hay maintained his confidence in the young keeper, and Wood retaliated by holding a clean sheet 0-0 with Romania and Japan, leaving the Olivites out of the match.
Hull, who has three senior caps, had a clean sheet again in the Whites’ first 1-0 win against Bahrain last October.
Born in Auckland, Wood began his professional career at English club Sunderland, but did not feature in the first team.
He made extensive use of his Dutch passport in 2018 by signing with first division club Willem II in association with current Wellington Phoenix left-back James McCarthy.
Wood played five games in the first team with Willem II before moving on to the second division of the Ereste division for a season with Almer City in July 2020.
The lease was made permanent last January, and he will play 53 games for al-Mimi with 15 clean sheets.
The J-League – ranked 22nd in the world (League 1 is 29) – a 2-1 win over Helmond Sports, a step up from Wood, who last started with Almar on November 2.
Regular play time in Kyoto can help Wood in his quest to become the No. 1 white man in the first place.
He is currently one of only four goalkeepers to compete for the spot, but in Japan he plays more than Stephen Marinovic (in the Israeli Premier League at Hapol Knop Hughes), Ole Cell (Wellington Phoenix) and Nick Sonov (England). ) Liga Third Division).
Kyoto Sanga was promoted to the J1 League last season after finishing second in the J2 League.
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