WATCH: Attacker Issey Nakajima-Farran joined the Pacific FC following a multi-continent professional career and being capped 38 times with the Canadian Senior National Team. Canadian-born, but raised in Japan and England, Nakajima-Farran made a name for himself playing in Japan, Singapore, Denmark, Cyprus, Australia, Spain, Malaysia before returning to Canada to play in the Canadian Premier League.
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 goalscorer 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.
Pacific FC kicks off its inaugural season on April 28 against the Halifax Wanderers at Westhills Stadium.