Turning Japanese: Phil Brown’s American connections result in Kishimoto trial

Swindon Town are reportedly taking a look at American-based Japanese defender Eijin Kishimoto with a view to a move this week.

Kishimoto is currently with Sporting AZ FC, a club based in Phoenix, Arizona, and they’ve claimed the 23-year-old  is in England to take part in the trial with Phil Brown’s side. He can operate as a full back or a wing back and has impressed in the United Premier Soccer League.

Kishimoto originally joined the UPSL side earlier this year. He helped Sporting to the championship final of the 2018 UPSL National Playoff and the third round of the 2018 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. They’re managed by former Grimsby and Bury keeper Aidan Davison.

The UPSL is an amateur league is America which hosts two seasons per year and features 136 clubs including the exotically named Bright Stars of Colorado, AAFC Lumberjacks and Toledo Villa FC.

Sporting AZ wished the player luck with his trial, which comes just months after he joined the side from Meiji University in Tokyo.

The move has come about as Davison played with Phil Brown at Bolton, as well as joining him at Hull in 2010 before moving to the States.

Our View

Phil Brown might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but he’s got extensive contacts as this trial shows. Aidan Davison is a former team mate of the manager, which has resulted in this trial with a view to a move.

Brown’s on to a winner at Swindon, he can’t be disliked as much as Flitcroft which is affording him plenty of room to grow the current side. They’re currently 12th after six games, but have only lost once, a 4-1 thumping against leaders Lincoln City.


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