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Kyushu League champions V Varen Nagasaki have left none of their rivals in any doubt of the extent of their ambition - and the depth of their pockets - ahead of the Regional League Championship Winners' Play-off, having announced no fewer than eight short-term loan signings which they hope will be enough to take the team up into the JFL. Three players join from Avispa Fukuoka: Kazuyuki Otsuka, 24, has played more than fifty games as a midfielder, Hideki Tsukamoto, a 33-year-old goalkeeper who signs as a player-coach and big 23-year-old forward Hiroki Hayashi has played six times in J1 this year and made his debut as long ago as 2002.

Tsuyoshi Kato is a 25-year-old defender from Ehime FC who hasn't featured in the Shikoku club's first team in the J-League this year but nevertheless has a couple of seasons of JFL experience. From Zweigen Kanazawa in the Hokushinetsu League comes 22-year-old former Sanfrecce Hiroshima midfielder Tatsuro Kimura, while striker Hidehito Shirao, 26, comes from Zweigen's rivals Matsumoto Yamaga Club. Asuka Tateishi is a 23-year-old defender who has spent the last couple of seasons on the fringes of the first team at Sagan Tosu and another 23-year-old, Rui Komatsu has also appeared in the first team as a striker for Cerezo Osaka.

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