Omiya Ardija travelled to Guam on Friday for their traditional pre-season training camp, their first to be overseen by the new coaching team of Robert Verbeek and Jun Nakamura. The only on-field action in which the players took part was some running and stretching to help overcome the fatigue of the journey.
Verbeek outlined his plans for the stay: "We'll be working on our attacking play from tomorrow. The idea is that while we're here we are going to play in four matches and everyone will get the chance to show what they can do during those games. What I want to get across is for the players to understand what I want each of them to do in their own individual roles - so the purpose of the camp is not just about physical preparation for the season but also about how everyone operates within the system."
He’s here! He’s Enilton! Not Speedy!
And the squad itself is now at full strength, following the arrival of new signing Enilton from Brazilian side Palmeiras. "The players and staff have really welcomed me and feels like coming in to someone's home, it's been great," commented the striker. "It's obviously all a bit new for me and I've got to remember everyone's name for a start, but it's going very well so far." When asked about the characteristics of his play, 29-year-old Enilton responded by saying that he was a quick player who was at his best close to goal, so it's to be hoped that the midfield will be able to develop a better understanding with him than was the case with the disastrous Saul Martinez twelve months ago.