“Although I’ve been fortunate to play all over the world the most at home I’ve ever felt was playing for Canada,” said Nakajima-Farran. “Now I have a chance to play in Canada in front of my friends and family doing what I consider to be the best job in the world.”
Nakajima-Farran, 34 left his birthplace of Calgary for Japan at the age of three where he started playing football in the junior youth program. At 10 he moved to England to play for Crystal Palace’s youth team. He returned to Japan at 16 and started his professional career J2 League’s Albirex Niigata and was later transferred to Albirex Niigata Singapore FC where he scored 26 goals in 45 appearances. He was awarded the Singapore Young Player of the Year in 2005.
For five years, Nakajima-Farran played in Denmark for clubs including Vejle Boldklub, Superliga, FC Nordsjaelland and AC Horsens. He went on to sign a one-year contract with Australian A-League team Brisbane Roar FC followed by a stint in Cyprus. He played in the MLS for Toronto FC and Montreal Impact and most recently played in Spain and Malaysia before returning to Canada.
This goal scorer made his debut for the Canadian National Team in 2006 and has represented the country in 38 appearances and played alongside Pacific FC owners Josh Simpson and Rob Friend.
“Issey brings a lot of experience to our team from his time abroad. He fits perfectly into our group of both young and more experienced players,” said Michael Silberbauer, Head Coach, Pacific FC “With him in the squad the level of the team has once again improved.”
Nakajima-Farran joins 12 players who have been named to Pacific FC’s roster, including Marcel de Jong, Marcus Haber, Kadin Chung, Mark Village, Nolan Wirth, Ben Fisk, Victor Blasco, José Hernandez, Matthew Baldisimo, Terran Campbell, Noah Verhoeven and Alessandro Hojabrpour.
Pacific FC kicks off its inaugural season on April 28 against the Halifax Wanderers at Westhills Stadium.
ABOUT PACIFIC FOOTBALL CLUB
Founded in 2018, Pacific Football Club brings professional football to Vancouver Island. Playing out of a renovated, 6000-seat Westhills Stadium in Langford, the club will provide an outlet for Canadian soccer players to compete at the professional level of the sport on home soil. Fans will be able to enjoy the thrilling, fast-paced sporting atmosphere associated with the sport when the Canadian Premier League season kicks off in April 2019.
For season ticket information: https://pacificfc.canpl.ca/pacific-football-club-ticketing
ABOUT THE CANADIAN PREMIER LEAGUE
Canadian Premier League (CPL) is Canada’s professional men’s soccer league set to debut on April 27, 2019. Playing in world-class and unique venues, and partnering with strong community-led ownership groups, the CPL is a league for Canadians by Canadians that will bring professional soccer to communities coast-to-coast.