Japan Under-20 striker Sota Hirayama flew out of Tokyo on Friday hoping to impress Feyenoord as he joins the Dutch League side on trial.
Hirayama will take part in training sessions with Feyenoord for an undetermined period of time and wants to prove he is worthy of a contract at the club of Japan international midfielder Shinji Ono.
“I’ll be able to step up a level if I play overseas and I’m hoping to earn myself a contract,” the towering Athens Olympics forward told reporters before departing for the Netherlands.
Hirayama, 20, who led Kunimi high school of Nagasaki Prefecture to the 2004 national championship, turned down a number of offers from J. League clubs to play college soccer at Tsukuba University.
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