Feyenoord has extended the contract of Japanese star Shinji Ono. The midfielder’s contract was due to expire in 2006, but an extra twelve months now bumps it up to 2007. The club expressed its delight at the new contract. ‘We see Shinji as one of the mainstays of the team,’ declared technical director Rob Baan.

Shinji Ono is delighted with the new contract. ‘I am very much at home at Feyenoord and I want to contribute to the future success of the club.’ ‘As everyone knows we are now busy building up a new team. The balance in the team means that it is desirable to commit a number of core players to the club for a longer time. Shinji is one of those players, so we are very happy with the signature he has placed at the bottom of his improved contract.’ Coach Bert van Marwijk also stressed the importance of Ono to Feyenoord. ‘He is unquestionably a key figure for us. Shinji has shown often enough in the past just how important he is to us. You also see that in this period. After a long-term injury, you see Shinji getting better by the week. It is worth noting that the team is also playing better and better as a result. That’s no coincidence; a lot of it is down to Shinji.’ After five seasons at Urawa Red Diamonds, Shinji Ono moved to Feyenoord in 2001/2002 season. He earned a place in the first team almost immediately and posted thirty appearances as Feyenoord won the UEFA Cup. A key part of the Japanese national team with two World Cup’s to his name, Shinji Ono was honoured with the Asian Player of the Year award last campaign.
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