Soccer: Kobe midfielder Hashimoto to join Huesca in Spanish 2nd tier

Vissel Kobe midfielder Kento Hashimoto is joining Huesca in the Spanish second division, the J-League top-flight club said Monday.

Hashimoto joined Kobe from Russian club FC Rostov on a short-term deal in March after the 28-year-old's contract with Rostov was suspended in line with a FIFA regulation following the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Hashimoto scored a goal in nine J1 appearances for Kobe and was named in the Japan squad for the upcoming East Asia Football Federation E-1 Championship.

"I was handed this chance (to move to Spain) all thanks to Kobe giving me the chance to play," said Hashimoto through a Kobe statement. "I want to pay you back by performing and making a leap forward."

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