Each year the club goes down to Miyazaki for it’s pre-season training camp (along with lots of other clubs and the baseball team) to have some intensive training in what is hopefully slightly warmer conditions.
This year is no different as the club went down on Friday.
After a couple of months of off-season it is an intensive training session where fitness levels will be worked on, and the new players will get involved in the squad and ready for our first ‘real’ pre-season friendly with Kashima Antlers in March.
They play their first game today against Honda Lock, a team which with the introduction of J3 is probably now considered to be in the 4th tier of Japanese football. (Company named teams are not allowed in the J-League, so have stayed in the JFL but may be of a quality to play at J3 level).
It is their first chance to put some optimism back into the squad after the disappointing 1-1 draw with Fukuoka University. To put that result into perspective Oita Trinita beat Fukuoka University 14-0.
After this game they will play a Kyushu Universities team on Tuesday and Yokohama F Marinos on Thursday.
It will be a chance for the players to see what can happen to their careers from Avispa as they can see Miyaji playing for Honda Lock today having dropped down after signing to Avispa as a designated player from Fukuoka University, and Nakamachi on Thursday who was playing #8 for a Marinos team who somehow just missed winning J1 last season.