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:

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  • 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: 

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  • 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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