As widely rumoured for weeks, the transfer of Takagi to Gamba Osaka was offcially announced today.
In a club press release, Takagi stated his hunger for a new challenge, and with ACL football at Gamba, he'll no doubt find what he's after. He thanked S-Pulse's supporters for their excellent support since he joined back in 2000, and we should thank him for his 218 appearances for us. We're sorry to see you go Kazu, but we look forward to putting our traditional three goals past Gamba when you visit 'Daira next season. ;-)
Best of luck, fella!
In other news, defender Yasuhiro Hiraoka, who has been out on loan with Consadole Sapporo for the last season, returns to his native Shizuoka. The 22 year old, who has represented Japan at U18, U21 and U22 levels, played 17 games for Sapporo last year and scored one goal. Welcome back, fella! We look forward to seeing more of you next season!
An additional bit of good news I'm happy to report is that on January 4th at 12:12pm, our very own Okachan became a dad! Huge congratulations to both him and his wife on the birth of their baby boy. A future S-Pulse player, I'm sure!
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