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Farewell Kazu

Posted on 16 January 2004  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

Kazuyuki Toda is set to return toJapan as his loan spell with the club from Smimizu S-Pulse reaches its conclusion.

Midfielder Kazu signed for Spurs last January on a 12-month agreement and, after an initial stint in our reserve side, made four Premiership appearances towards the end of last season.

The Japanese international then featured strongly in pre-season before a calf injury sustained on the tour to South Africa curtailed his progress in adapting to the English game.

"I have enjoyed it and have had a good time, but it has been a little frustrating for me," reflected Kazu just ahead of his departure.

"Last season I felt I wasn't good enough to play in the Premiership so, this pre-season, I trained very hard, played very well and played in most of the matches - but then got the injury.

"It was a key moment. I was out for two months with the calf injury and it was difficult after that."

Kazu now heads back to J-League outfit Smimizu, but remains determined to one day forge a career in European football.

"I aim to play in Europe and I will not give up on that aim."

We wish Kazu well for the future.