Desmond, Gifu’s cult hero, off-centred mohican sporting, wild gesture making, man mountain of a defender, has re-signed a loan deal that will keep him at the Nagaragawa until January.

It is a huge boost for the club, as there were rumblings of “bigger” clubs looking at him. Teams mentioned to me were Matsumoto Yamaga & Kyoto Sanga. Desmond, on his day, is a force of nature. Majestic in the air, strong in the tackle and loud on the pitch. Sometimes he has lapses of concentration, but Gifu are a far weaker side when he is not in it.

デズモンド オレー!