Enter sandman ... Western Sydney Wanderers import was enjoying life at Maroubra on Monday. Photo: Marco Del Grande
Western Sydney Wanderers marquee man, Shinji Ono, is loving life out west and hopes to sign a new deal to secure his long-term future at Parramatta Stadium.
The Japanese star joined the A-League debutants on a one-year deal in September, and wants to activate a clause in his contract to keep him at the Wanderers for a second season.
His current deal is worth more than $500,000 a season, but Ono said he was not motivated to stay for financial reasons, but for the standard of football and Sydney's lifestyle.
''Yes I want to [stay] but actually I have just a one-year contract, and we have to speak about next season,'' Ono said. ''I don't care how much the contract [is worth], but if they give me a chance to play … I want to do what I can possibly do.''
He is yet to begin talks with the club about extending his stay but hopes that negotiations will start in the coming weeks. ''I don't know [when talks will begin] but I hope soon. I want to stay more,'' Ono said.
The 33-year-old former Japan international has taken little time in adjusting to life in Australia, and put in a man-of-the-match performance in last Saturday's win over crosstown rivals, Sydney FC.
Ono attributes his form to the strict training regime of coach Tony Popovic, and said he was further motivated to stay with the club due to the style of management.
''Every game we are getting better, and I think we are improving a lot because we already have a good unity and Tony Popovic makes a good atmosphere,'' Ono said.