Dundee United have finally signed Japanese goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima following a long drawn out process for the international to meet work permit criteria.
The 32-year-old has signed a deal until the end of the season, subject to international clearance, and will bring vast experience to the Tannadice side having starred in two World Cups with Japan and has 72 caps at international level.
Speaking following the announcement, manager Mixu Paatelainen said: “I am delighted that we have secured Eiji’s signature. It has taken a bit longer than any of us would have liked but this is a fantastic coup for the Club.
“Eiji will strengthen the competition in the goalkeeper’s position. He is a seasoned professional who has played at major tournaments and this experience will help our young goalkeepers also. He is a strong character who has shown great desire to play for Dundee United and I look forward to working with him.”
The signing of Kawashima was announced back in November, but a length work permit application ensued, including taking an English exam in Japan despite being a fluent speaker.
The shot-stopper becomes Mixu Paatelainen’s fourth signing as United battle for their Premiership survival.
Kawashima added: “Finally I’m able to join to Dundee United. I’m delighted to join this Club. I will try to do all my best with my fighting spirit and my ambition as a player. I hope that I can bring something different to the squad and use my experience as well. I’m looking forward to wearing the Dundee United jersey on the pitch soon.”