An upbeat defender with the Chicken Wings, Yuki Irie found his calling as a midfielder under a succession of foreign trainers, but may yet return to his roots upon his return to the Birds. Unfortunately, he would not build the legacy he deserved, as this soon coincided with a wholesale rebuilding process initiated by the club leadership, but he did gain much respect as vice-captain during his time at the Birds.
Seeking a new challenge, Yuki went to Chile to play for Semilla RK at the age of 32, to general dismay from the Grilled fanbase. It didn't last long, though, and they would get to welcome him home after less than a season. His second stint would in fact yield more appearances than his first, and Yuki would retire with the club at the age of 42.