Confusion over the departure of Gral rumbles on in and around Omiya Ardija, with indications emerging that club staff were genuinely shocked that the Brazilian striker elected to return to Yokohama F Marinos as a fourth foreigner, rather than to remain in Saitama. And as triallist Tiago is felt to be very much an unfinished product, it is hard to imagine that he would be selected by a coach as cautious as Toshiya Miura, even if the youngster were to join the squad and fill one of the vacant strikers' berths.
A question mark nevertheless must still be considered to hang over the participation in the first team of Kota Yoshihara, an experienced player who from an outsider's perspective has simply not been given a chance to succeed since making the move from Gamba Osaka during the close season. Nevertheless, it must be odds on that the strikers selected for the next J1 game against Cerezo Osaka will be Hiroshi Morita and Naoto Sakurai.
But Go! Go! Omiya Ardija doesn't enjoy being a source of exclusively doom and gloom for Squirrels supporters - honest. So why not have a browse at some of the photos below of the latest model of the new stadium, plus some images of the young talent and fringe players who never quite seem to make it with Miura in charge. The pictures were taken during Sunday's reserve game with Vegalta Sendai and come courtesy of Jay.