Japan World Cup star Ayumu Goromaru began training for the first time with his new French club Toulon.
Toulon, France’s wealthiest club, have signed Goromaru on a one year deal with a one-year extension on option.
“There was no reason to refuse an offer to play here,” the 30-year-old fullback said as he was officially presented to the press.
“There isn’t a club like Toulon anywhere else in the world. It’s a big challenge but one which will be worth it.”
Toulon president Mourad Boudjellal said the decision to sign Goromaru was purely sporting and not a bid to break into the Japanese and Asian market.
Goromaru shot to stardom after he kicked 24 points in the Brave Blossoms’ 34-32 stunning upset win over South Africa at the World Cup last year.
The fullback, who is known for his distinctive goalkicking stance, has a huge following in Japan.
“Of course it provides a window on Asia but we don’t have the means to pay just for a window,” said Boudjellal.
“The player’s qualities were taken into account, we signed him for his qualities as a player and as a scorer.”