Ono keen to stay on with Wanderers
Western Sydney received another boost in their impressive debut A-League season with news Japanese marquee signing Shinji Ono wants to extend his stay at the club.
Just two days after scoring a dramatic 2-0 derby win over Sydney FC in front of a raucous crowd of 26,000 at Allianz Stadium, the 33-year-old on Monday said flares thrown by Wanderers fans won't hold him back from re-signing.
"I don't know what (the Wanderers) are thinking about next season," said Ono, who penned a one-year deal in September.
"But I can say I want to stay longer."
Ono was still buzzing from the impressive victory over the Sky Blues and believes it's no fluke the Wanderers have climbed to fourth on the ladder in their inaugural season given their "good mentality and fighting spirit."
And that strong bond will be severely tested over the next four rounds when they face fellow top-five sides Adelaide, Perth, Melbourne Victory and Central Coast.
But Ono says his best is yet to come.
"I think my confidence is getting better every day," he said.
Ono wasn't fazed by flares being thrown onto the ground against the Sydney FC, putting the incidents down to the passion of a crosstown rivalry.
Having played 112 games for Dutch club Feyenoord from 2001-05, Ono says that kind of fan behaviour highlights the intensity of the clash.
"When I was in the Netherlands, there were big derby games," said Ono of the rivalry amongst the three Rotterdam clubs.
"When I saw that (against Sydney FC) I knew it was a big game."
The attacking midfielder is looking forward to testing himself against a speedy Adelaide United at Parramatta Stadium on Friday night.
"They have a lot of good quality," Ono said of classy Reds including Fabio Ferreira, Jeronimo Neumann, Marcelo Carrusca and Cassio.
"But we have been preparing well.
"It's a tough challenge. But I have a good feeling."
Ono expects more Japanese players will make the move to Australia given his successful stint has created plenty of interest back home.
But one clash that would gain plenty of excitement in Japan is firmly on his radar - the A-League All Stars match against Manchester United next July.
Ono has put his hand up for the All Stars in a battle that could pit him against his compatriot and Red Devils star midfielder Shinji Kagawa.