In the past week, the club have announced that two players have joined on loan for the rest of the season.
Defender Masaki Watanabe joins from Ventforet Kofu. He is a defender that spent the 2014 season at Giravanz Kitakyushu, so he should buddy up with Yuki Fuji pretty quickly.
Masaki Watanabe factfile:
- Age: 28
- Position: Defender
- This season: 3 games, 0 goals
- Previous clubs: Sagan Tosu, Yokohama FC, Giravanz Kitakyushu, Ventforet Kofu
- Squad number at Gifu: 34
Midfielder Koya Kazama joins on loan from J2’s bottom club Oita Trinita and is a somewhat surprising addition to the squad. He is an attacking midfielder, so this means that he will compete with Takumi Kiyomoto & Yudai Ogawa for playing time.
I find it pretty odd that Oita would lend a player to one its direct rivals in the relegation battle, but he has looked a fairly decent player whenever I’ve seen him.
Koya Kazama factfile:
- Age: 22
- Position: Attacking midfield
- This season: 12 games, 2 goals
- Previous clubs: Kawasaki Frontale, Oita Trinita
- Squad number at Gifu: 39
Welcome to both players!