S.League 2018 Transfer Round-Up: Who's in and Who's out?
The new league rulings stipulate that Albirex must register half a team of under-23 players and half a team of under-21 players, while only one player over the age of 23 will be allowed in their squad.
The club were also given the option to sign up to two Singaporeans under the age of 23, which they have duly taken up, signing Home United playmaker Adam Swandi and former Warriors goalkeeper Shahul Rayyan.
But, Albirex have to deal with key players leaving, especially after their quadruple-winning achievements last season, with S.League top scorer Tsubasa Sano, S.League player of the year Kento Nagasaki and skipper Shuto Inaba among the key departures.
One interesting signing that the club has made is forward Shun Kumagai, who was formerly on the books of Ventforet Kofu. Interestingly, the 21-year-old is listed as both a striker and defender in FIFA 18.
In: Kazuki Sumiishi (SG Eintracht Mendig Bell), Ibuki Inoue (Daisho Gakuen High School), Kodai Sumikawa (Teikyo Nagaoka High School), Kenya Takahashi (Yamanashi Gakuin University), Ryujiro Yamanaka (Osaka Sangyo University), Kaishu Yamazaki (Iwaki FC), Shuhei Hoshino (Ryutsu Keizai University) , Taku Morinaga (Ryutsu Keizai University), Shuhei Sasahara (Tokai University), Shun Kumagai (Ventforet Kofu), Riku Moriyasu (Kyoto Sangyo University) , Wataru Murofushi (Juntendo University), Daiki Asaoka (University of Tsukuba), Adam Swandi (Home United), Shahul Rayyan (SAFSA)
Out: Ryuya Motoda (Mito HollyHock), Takuya Akiyama (Ventforet Kofu), Tsubasa Sano (Roasso Kumamoto), Shuto Inaba (Kataller Toyama), Yasutaka Yanagi (Albirex Niigata FC, Japan), Kento Nagasaki (Thai Honda FC)
Retained: Yosuke Nozawa, Hiroyoshi Kamata