Peninsula Power FC has announced the signing of three new players ahead of the 2024 National Premier League Queensland season. The additions look to strengthen the squad after the club’s miracle playoff run in 2023.
Yuta Hirayama adds firepower up front
Twenty-six-year-old forward Yuta Hirayama returns to Queensland after a season with Chiangmai FC in Thailand. With over 50 goals in three seasons with Brisbane City and Western Pride, he will surely add firepower to the squad.
The Tokyo native will provide a focal point in attack, able to play as a centre-forward or in a withdrawn role as an attacking midfielder or winger.
Experienced Josh Phelps anchors defence
Peninsula have also recruited experienced centre-back Josh Phelps from Melbourne Knights in the National Premier League Victoria. Turning 31 this February, the veteran from Tamworth will bring leadership to the backline. With his 1.93m frame, Phelps will provide an aerial threat on set pieces as well.
Ken Akamatsu returns from injury layoff
Another new addition is attacking midfielder Ken Akamatsu. The 28-year-old joins from Miramar Rangers in New Zealand, where his season was cut short by injury. Akamatsu is a former Japan youth international who has also played in Sweden and the United States. The talented right-footed playmaker from Niigata will give Peninsula another creative threat in the final third.
Building on last season’s playoff run
In 2023, Peninsula Power finished sixth in the regular season with a 9-7-6 record. They beat third-placed Gold Coast United 3-1 in the elimination final before losing 5-0 to eventual champions Gold Coast Knights in the semi-finals.
With these new signings strengthening the squad, Peninsula will be looking to build on last season’s play-off run when they kick off the 2024 season against the Queensland Lions on 24 February. Before the league campaign begins, Peninsula will take on Capalaba in the QLD Pro Series starting on 2 February.