Shinji Ono receives award

Shinji Ono was awarded a commemorative medal for his dedication to football and Western Sydney by Lord Mayor of Parramatta City Council, Cr Chedid.

Leading into the Western Sydney Wanderers AFC Champions League home game against Kawasaki Frontale, Lord Mayor of Parramatta Cr John Chedid today recognised superstar Shinji Ono for his contribution to Western Sydney during a special event held at Parramatta Stadium.

Cr Chedid said Shinji Ono-s starring role for the Wanderers, which comes to an end with the close of the regular season in May, and his popularity with fans has made him a local hero.

“The community has taken great pride in the Wanderers and Shinji. This award recognises his dedication to the sport and Western Sydney,” Cr Chedid said.

“Ono's signing was a major coup for the Wanderers, helping raise the profile of the team and Parramatta. He's a true ambassador for our City who has had a huge influence on fans, businesses and the local community.

“Council would like to wish Shinji great success in his return to Japan and will forever remember his talents both on and off the field.”

Wanderers- midfielder Shinji Ono said he was proud to have received the medal and thanked the community for all their support.

“When I play in Parramatta I feel like I-m part of a family. It-s an incredible feeling every time I get on the field. The atmosphere created by the crowd is fantastic,” Ono said.

“I will miss the fans and my teammates, and I hope to one day come back either as a player or coach, or even as a spectator.”

Ono and the Wanderers will be in action at Parramatta Stadium on Wednesday 19 March when they take on Japanese team Kawasaki Frontale at 7:30pm. Tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.com.au or at the game.