Salles has been released by Omiya Ardija just three months after moving to Japan. The 29-year-old Brazilian forward had come to Omiya during the 2006 season for a trial, but was not thought to be good enough and was therefore not offered a deal. Mysteriously, however, when Alison was let go at the end of March, Salles was brought back from the unlikely surroundings of the USL, America's second-tier league - where he had been playing for teams such as the Puerto Rico Islanders and the Atlanta Silverbacks - and became the third foreigner on Omiya's squad.
Squirrels fans were probably not surprised when he failed to make the grade in J1, although there is no doubt that Salles was wildly unlucky to be awarded a straight red card just moment after coming on as a substitute during his Squirrels debut. The highlight of his Omiya career was undoubtedly his headed winner against Nagoya Grampus 8, but otherwise during the course of eight league appearances, Salles found it hard to keep up with the speed and quality of the Japanese game.
His departure nevertheless frees up a vital spot for a foreign player in the Squirrels' squad, amidst reports that General Manager Satoru Sakuma has been on scouting trips to both Brazil and Romania in order to identify a new striker. For goal-starved Ardija fans, a signing can't come soon enough.
[NB. New readers are directed towards the Player Profiles category on the right-hand side of this page, where details can be found of the full 2007 Omiya Ardija squad.]