Defender Naoya Okane, on loan at Tochigi SC last year, has joined the club on a full transfer from Shimizu S-Pulse.

Okane made 21 starts for Tochigi last year, scoring twice. Predominantly a centre back, he will compete with Masanori Abe, Hiroshi Sekita & possibly Henik for a starting berth in Gifu’s to-be-revamped defence.

Welcome Naoya! (And if you want to follow him on Twitter, you can find him at @n_okane3)