After spending the past season on loan to Júbilo Iwata, Shunya Suganuma (Defender, 22) has decided to make it permanent with the Shizuoka club.
He made just two appearances in his senior career for Gamba, with his debut coming against Suwon Samsung Bluewings in the ACL in 2010. Suganuma was previously a part of the Gamba Youth team which hosted the likes of Takashi Usami and he won back-to-back Youth Championships, ensuring that there were very high expectations for him. To aid his development, he was loaned out to Roasso Kumamoto half-way through the 2011 campaign, where he made 17 league appearances, one Emperor’s Cup match (to add to the one he got for Gamba in 2010), helping the team to 11th place.
Last season he made a loan move to Júbilo Iwata to get experience of the top division where he started 16 games, was a substitute in 16 games (used five times) and played 1,505 minutes. He also scored his first professional goal in a 4-3 home win against our beloved neighbours Cerezo Osaka.
His move is a shock to all fans given the current defensive situation and his experience of J2 would have been very important for the club if they wanted to bounce-back at the first go. Shunya had these warm words for the club and fans that he had been a part of for ten years:
“I can’t quite express my feelings for Gamba Osaka with words but those feelings will stay in my heart as I continue forward with my career. Thank you.” (Thanks to Vinci Per Osaka)
We all hope that Shunya can continue to improve at Iwata and hopefully come back to Gamba to show us what we have missed. He can only get better at 22 and I am sure that that will be the case. Thank you Shunya for your hard work at Gamba!