Soccer

Norwegian club Stabaek acquire Japanese forward Kosuke Kinoshita

Kyodo

Norwegian first-division club Stabaek said Monday it has acquired forward Kosuke Kinoshita from Sint-Truiden in the Belgian top flight.

The 24-year-old scored two goals in seven games last season for Japanese-owned Sint-Truiden following a mid-season move from Swedish second-division side Halmstad.

Standing 190 cm, Kinoshita plays primarily as a central forward but has also spent time on both wings.

A product of the Yokohama FC youth academy, he left Japan to join German club Freiburg’s under-19 side in 2013.

The Tokyo native will reunite at Stabaek with Swedish manager Jan Jonsson, for whom he previously played at Halmstad. Jonsson coached Shimizu S-Pulse in the J-League from 2018 to 2019 following a season at the helm of Sanfrecce Hiroshima.