By ESPNSTAR.com staff
The 33-year old signed for the Western Sydney Wanderers in September last year, taking up the club's marquee player slot. Starting 11 games so far in the team's A-League campaign, Ono has impressed observers by scoring four goals and assisting three.
Although club fans are desperate for the Wanderers to offer the midfielder an extension on his one year deal, the team's executive chairman Lyall Gorman told AAP that he was confident Ono would not solicit offers from other sides.
"We don't take any player for granted but he's very committed to our club, he loves this club, he loves the environment, he loves the playing staff, he's very committed. So we don't feel any pressure to rush things with him because of other clubs," Gorman stated.
"When you look at player recruitment some players need to be kept hungry where others love certainty and stability about their future, with Shinji, it's a case of if it's not broken don't fix it. He's just in a great space at the moment and just loving his football so we don't feel we need to rush to get things finalised."
Nonetheless, the former Central Coast Mariners chairman assured supporters that they would eventually begin negotiations with a player he holds in high regard.
"This club is not built around Shinji Ono, we're looking at our whole recruitment strategy right now and obviously Shinji will be a very relevant part of that. So we'll get Sunday out of the way and we'll bunker down and start to advance talks with a raft of players including Shinji next week," Gorman said.
"I introduced him to my little 11-year-old the other day and when Liam said to him 'you have great skills Shinji' his words to him were 'I still practice every single day,' that's the level of a true professional. He's the most humble guy you'll ever find."