Two new signings

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!

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