Jun Nishikawa was born on February 21, 2002, in Kanagawa Prefecture and is still 16 years old, in the second year of high school. It is rare for a professional club to sign with a second grade high schooler but many domestic and overseas clubs have been watching him so Cerezo “made a formal offer exceptionally early last November” according to Daily Sports.
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Nishikawa was participating in Cerezo’s Miyazaki training camp as a trainee and played in a training match. According to El Golazo writer Hisashi Oda, “many chances were created from his play. At that time, the agreement has not been reached so I was asked by the club ‘please don’t write it now,’ but there were many things I wanted to write.”
A player who agrees to join a club can play for that club even before he officially joins if he is allowed to be registered as a JFA and J.League specially-designated player. Of course Nishikawa is entitled for it and according to abovementioned Daily Sports report, Cerezo have already sent in an application. Nishikawa is also willing to play at a professional level as a specially-designated player according to an article by writer Naoto Fujie.
Cerezo striker Ken Tokura welcomed him on Twitter, saying “I trained with him during the training camp and I felt that, of course his skills are incredible, but the mentality, which underlies them, is also great! I am looking forward to playing together again👍👍👍”