Sunday, July 10, 2011

Duo Arrive Through The Door

Trialists Oliver Risser and Ibrahim Atiku having completed their permanent moves to Swindon and in the process becoming our 6th and 7th signings. The pair have been on trial for the duration of our pre-season.

Oliver Risser
Oliver Risser is a midfielder who has plied most of his trade around various leagues throughout Europe. Risser impressed Paolo Di Canio and his coaching staff as soon as he arrived. Fearful of losing Risser to a bigger fish prompted the management to offer a contract after only a few days of training.

At the age of 30, Risser certainly comes with experience within the game and also have totted up 40 international for Nambia. The midfielder's leadership qualities have been praised throughout his trial and I would fully expect him to be a direct replacement for the departed Jonathan Douglas.

Our other arrival is Ibrahim Atiku, who was offered a permanent deal on Friday after a successful trial period. He is an attacking midfielder who has been experimented in a more forward role in a bid to fix our attack. Although reports suggest he is a more natural midfielder so is hard to guess where the Ghanian will play.

As well as impressing Di Canio throughout training, the pair have also come across well during interviews. There is always some degree of a risk signing players who are unproven in England although both have appeared keen to prove their worth in League Two, both in the press and on the training field.

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