The 31-year-old Japanese striker Robert Cullen joins Northeast United FC. NorthEast United’s Fabio Neves was ruled out of the third edition of the Indian Super League (ISL) due to injury.
Cullen made his senior football debut for Júbilo Iwata on 5 May 2004, Oita Trinita being the opponent. Cullen started training in the youth ranks at Kashiwa Reysol before eventually joining the team at Funabashi Municipal High School. After his graduation, he signed with Jubilo Iwata in 2004. Although mostly limited to substitute appearances and the occasional league cup start in his rookie year, big things were expected of Cullen as he matured and gained experience playing with such seasoned professionals as Masashi Nakayama and Toshiya Fujita.
He left Júbilo in 2010 to join Roasso Kumamoto of J. League Division 2. In January 2011 it was announced that Cullen joined Dutch Eredivisie club VVV-Venlo, best known in Japan for featuring another Japanese, Maya Yoshida, and having been Keisuke Honda’s first European club.
Cullen also represented Japan Under-20 at the 2005 World Championship and played for Japanese clubs Jubilo Iwata and Roasso Kumamoto.