Joined Omiya from Urawa for the 2002 season. Became first choice in 2004 but slipped back to reserve in mid-season as Toshiya Miura opted instead for Hiroki Aratani as main keeper. Played only a handful of games in 2005 and as such can be considered somewhat unlucky not to have been given more opportunities following some decent performances. Under further pressure following the arrival of Koji Ezumi and must be wondering if his future lies elsewhere.
20. Hiroki Aratani - 06 Aug 1975 - 192cm / 82kg
Began with Urawa, moved to Ardija following a brief spell at Kawasaki. Replaced Tomoyasu Ando in the first team during 2004's promotion campaign and kept his place for 2005. Was generally solid, but losses of concentration undoubtedly cost Omiya points they could ill afford. Whether Aratani remains Squirrels' main net-minder throughout 2006 remains to be seen.
21. Koji Ezumi - 18 Dec 1978 - 191cm / 84kg - NEW
Picked up a small amount of first team experience with Oita; Ezumi's arrival at Omiya gives Miura a realistic third option as keeper. Aratani and Ando are likely to start ahead of him but know that Ezumi presents a threat that departed youngsters Takahiro Takagi and Kenji Tanaka did not. One to watch.
Young squad keeper, new to the club following graduation from International Budo University in Chiba prefecture. His name translates via Babelfish somewhat unfortunately as Kobayashi Mediocrity and as such he's not to be confused with new team-mates Kobayashi Large or Kobayashi Celebration.