The media learned on Wednesday that Yokohama senryokugai Shugo Fujii (37) is planning to retire. He wanted to continue playing next season, but failed to attract interest after attending both twelve-team tryout sessions earlier this month.
"I believed in the possibility and kept going, but I need to accept the reality. I'd like to move on," said Fujii. He also said, "I feel I can still play, but I have no offers. I am automatically retiring."
Fujii is expected to make an official announcement within the next few days.