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Japanese international Hashioka joins the Hatters

30 January 2024

Club News

Japanese international Hashioka joins the Hatters

30 January 2024

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Daiki Hashioka becomes the first Japan international to sign for Luton Town after putting pen to paper and passing his medical on Tuesday afternoon.

Subject to a work visa and international clearance, the 24-year-old joins for an undisclosed fee from Belgian top-flight club Sint-Truiden, where he had been impressing since arriving in Europe from Japan in December 2021.

He will wear squad number 27 - and will be unveiled to the Kenilworth Road crowd before Tuesday's Premier League fixture with Brighton and Hove Albion.

On his newest recruit manager Rob Edwards said: “‘Hashi’ is a versatile defender who can play anywhere along the backline and, having met him I know he’s going to fit into the group really, really well.

“He’s got a great attitude and has a real desire to come and play for Luton Town. He understands we’ve got a good squad, and knows he’s got to fight for his opportunity. And he will – he’s really looking forward to the challenge of being here.

“He’s someone who is comfortable in possession, aggressive, and wants to defend. I’m delighted he’s with us.”

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The Hatters’ new man said: “It’s always been a dream of mine to play in the Premier League. It’s physically and technically a top league and very intense, so I know it’s going to be difficult but I’ll give my all for the team.

“My strengths are heading, one-versus-one situations and I like to do a lot of running. I’ve only scored twice this season, but I want to score more. I can’t wait to celebrate in front of the Luton supporters.

“I’m so happy to be joining and I can’t wait to play as soon as possible.”

Born in Urawa, a northern suburb of Tokyo, Hashioka started his career at hometown club, Urawa Reds, where he would go on and play 74 times in the Japanese top-flight.

He made his international debut for his country in a 2-1 win over China in October 2019 – one of seven caps to his name.

This season Hashioka scored twice and set-up two more in 18 appearances for Sint-Truiden.

Please give a warm Luton Town welcome to our first Japanese international.

Good luck, Hashi!

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