A Christmas transfer (a bad one but not unexpected) came in the form of 27 year-old defensive midfielder Takuya Takei being signed by Vegalta Sendai having spent the season out of favour under new manager Kenta Hasegawa.
Takei ends a 6 year association with Gamba having joined Ryutsu Keizai University after graduating. He was a favourite under Akira Nishino from 2010 onwards and was able to fill several positions. His versatility was key in 2012 as Akira Kaji was injured a fair deal and Takei played at right-back.
This season he managed just 7 appearances in the league scoring one goal, which came against Roasso Kumamoto on match day 4, starting just 3 games and finishing the full 90 minutes just twice. His last appearance came on the final day of the season and he looked great but the problem for him has been that Kenta Hasegawa has not fancied him all season. Why that may be, I do not know but it is probably best for Takuya and Gamba to part ways.
In total, Takei made 175 appearances with 7 goals in all competitions. I am sure we could have done with his abilities in J1 but Sendai are getting a great player with an excellent personality. I wish him the best of luck and hope he gets the amount of game-time he deserves. Considering that the likes of Abe and Okazaki were ahead of him in the pecking order, it only baffles me that he was not given more game time.
Good luck Takuya but do not do your best when we play you next year!