Ono, who played 25 minutes off the bench in Saturday's 1-1 draw against Central Coast, was scheduled to conduct an interview prior to Friday's session at the club's Blacktown training base.

He spoke to a large contingent of Japanese media for around five minutes, but when he fronted the local hacks he offered these nine words before trudging off: "We have done already, yeah I'm sorry, thank you."

His bizarre offering puts rugby league star Boyd and controversial Wallaby Cooper to shame.

Boyd got the ball rolling when he was at the Dragons in 2009, offering up a series of one-word answers and grunts in a 42-second press conference he later apologised for.

Cooper went one better in August, 2012 when he produced the following 26 words at a Wallabies press conference before refusing to take questions: "All I want to say is I'm back, I'm fit and healthy and I am ready to go and I will see everybody at Eden Park."

Ono's snub left the assembled media pack who made the long trek to Blacktown dazed and confused, while the club's media manager was also shocked by the Japanese star's behaviour and apologised to journalists.

It is unclear whether Ono's refusal to talk to Australian journos was a protest at being left on the bench in last week's 1-1 draw with Central Coast Mariners in Gosford, or simply a misunderstanding.

Wanderers coach Tony Popovic spoke after Ono's 'press conference' and refused to confirm whether he'll promote the midfielder to the starting line-up for Sunday's clash against Wellington Phoenix at Parramatta Stadium.

"It's a long season for everyone and for that particular game a decision was made to have Shinji come on (off the bench) and we'll do that weekly and assess the situation before we decide," Popovic said.

The Wanderers have been installed short-priced favourites to beat the Phoenix but Popovic insists complacency won't be a factor against Ernie Merrick's side.

"If we looked at where everyone predicted teams would finish then last year we would have finished last," he added.

"They're a good side with a good manager with a lot of experience in this league and they'll certainly get the respect they deserve."

Asked if he was surprised by Wellington's performance en route to a competitive 2-1 loss to Brisbane Roar in Round 1, Popovic replied: "No not surprised because we played them in a pre-season match and you could already see that there were positive signs for them, and they've got good players.

"We expect a tough game and we're preparing very well for this match and we certainly won't take them lightly and we know we're in for a real tough 90 minutes and we'll do everything we can to get the three points."

"Not decided yet, everyone's available which is obviously very encouraging for us to have all the players fit and ready to go and we've got a couple of sessions to go and we'll make our final decision before Sunday."