First Team

Meshino is a Jambo

4th September 2019

Hearts have completed the loan signing of Ryotaro Meshino from Manchester City on a season-long deal, subject to international clearance.

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The 21-year-old becomes the Jambos’ first-ever Japanese player and will wear the no. 77 shirt.

The Osaka-born forward came through the youth ranks at Gamaba Osaka – one of the J-League’s most successful clubs – before penning his first professional  contract at the age of 17.

Consistently impressing in the U23 side, where he had around a 1 in 3 strike rate, he made his senior debut in April 2018.

Scorer of some spectacular goals, Ryotaro went on to make a total of 36 appearances for Gamba’s first team, scoring six times, before catching the attention of Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City.

He moved to the Etihad Stadium on a permanent deal earlier this month, before being granted a work permit and visa to play for Hearts.

Subject to international clearance, he could be involved in Saturday’s Ladbrokes Premiership match at home to Hamilton Academical.