Langerak’s J-League leap of faith paying dividends

Mitch Langerak says his move to the J-League has lived up to expectations. 

The 29-year-old custodian has joined Japanese side Nagoya Grampus and has played in the side's two wins to open the 2018 J-League season.

“There are so many quality international players here in Japan,” Langerak told 

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“It's probably the strongest league in Asia.

“The Japanese players are technically unbelievable; they're fast and very intelligent players.

“From what I've seen from some of the Japanese players, they can really put the ball in the corners,” he laughed.



Following an ill-fated move from Stuttgart in Germany to Spanish side Levante where he featured just once in the first team, Langerak is relishing the environment at his new club.

“It was just the right opportunity at the right time,” he said.

“I was in Spain at the start of the season and it was difficult to play there so I wanted to look for a new opportunity.

“I had intentions to go back to Germany, however, this opportunity came up and it didn't really take me long to say yes to it.

“I had a fantastic feeling from speaking to the club bosses and I knew this was an opportunity I wanted to be a part of

“I had eight years in Europe and did well there but to be here in Japan now is a fantastic new challenge for me and it's something I'm ready for.

“It's going to be difficult but I'm excited about it and I've got high hopes.”

Langerak has been included in Bert van Marwijk's preliminary World Cup squad alongside established number one Mat Ryan,  Danny Vukovic and returning Brad Jones.

And the former Melbourne Victory man believes his Nagoya Grampus team-mates will help in his quest to add to his eight caps for Australia.



“We've got a fantastic group of players here who are top quality,” said Langerak.

“We work well together, everyone is pushing themselves, staying on the pitch later and doing extra work.

“We've got a good dynamic here and there's a good camaraderie between the boys.”