9. Kota Yoshihara - 02 Feb 1978 - 170cm / 66kg - NEW
Former international and a consistent scorer with Sapporo and Gamba, found himself squeezed out during the latter's title year in 2005 due to the success of Araujo and Masashi Oguro. Omiya's offer gives Kota Yoshihara the chance to put last year's personal frustration behind him - and although he may need time to regain his confidence, it's likely that Kota will be a first-teamer alongside Saul Martinez.
10. Saul Martinez - 29 Jan 1976 - 173cm / 70kg - NEW
Last year, Omiya looked to big Brazilian Christian for goals as their main close season signing; in 2006, it's the diminutive figure of Honduras international Martinez Squirrels fans hope can provide the answer to the team's scoring problem. Joins Ardija after three years in China with Shanghai Shenhua. Lightning quick and his small build suggests a new tactical approach from Toshiya Miura.
14. Hiroshi Morita - 18 May 1978 - 188cm / 78kg
Hiroshi Morita's loan from Niigata was made permanent in the winter. Since originally coming to Omiya during the 2004 season has scored some vital goals, but it's questionable if he has the class to be a consistent success in J1 - he also gets frustratingly few goals with his head for such a tall man. Last year appeared mainly as a substitute and is likely to spend the majority of 2006 on the bench as well.
Halfway through 2005 made the step up to Omiya from JFL side Tochigi SC. Was top scorer in Japan's third tier at the time and quickly made an impact with Ardija, getting the winner in an Emperor's Cup tie against Kyoto. Partnered Leandro towards the end of the season and didn't score again, but Manabu Wakabayashi has an eye for goal and offers something different to the Ardija squad.
30. Naoto Sakurai - 02 Sep 1975 - 170cm / 65kg
Brought from Verdy a year ago, like Chikara Fujimoto to offer some top flight experience to the J1 rookie Squirrels. An immediate hit, scoring the 2005 opener to set up a win at Gamba, the pacey Naoto Sakurai went on to have an injury-affected season that restricted his contribution. Tends to shine in bigger games, but conversely can go missing when Ardija's under-pressure defence need reliable attacking outlets.
To read the GGOA profiles of the rest of the 2006 Ardija squad, click here for the goalkeepers, here for the defenders and here for the midfielders.