Saturday, August 20, 2011

Final Peices To The Jigsaw

Paolo Di Canio has once more dipped his hand into the transfer market following two successive defeats. Lander Gabilondo and Leon Clarke have become signings number 13 and 14 and have arrived in time to play in our derby clash with Oxford. 

Lander Gabilondo has signed a one-year contract with the club, following a successful trial with Swindon. The Spaniard has spent his entire career in his homeland; most recently playing for third tier side Osasuna B. Gabilondo is a winger who can operate on either side the pitch and is likely to provide fierce competition for places with Etienne Esajas and Matt Ritchie already at the club.

Leon Clarke has also joined the club, securing a two-year contract in the process. His signing has been somewhat of a mini transfer saga; the deal looked dead in the water when Paolo Di Canio described his wage demands as amazing. A loan deal looked the most likely transaction to take place until Clarke's contract at QPR was terminated by mutual consent.

Clarke has been around the block since coming through the ranks at Wolves in 2003, knocking up seven clubs since. Clarke has profoundly struggled at most clubs, although hasn't dropped down as low as League Two, excluding a short loan spell with Kiddeminister in 2004. Furthermore, teams in League One have been rumoured to be interested in signing Clarke.

Following the arrival of Gabilondo and Clarke, the squad is looking more set for a serious promotion charge. The signing of Clarke might, just might stop me moaning about our lack of strike force. Both could leap into cult hero status like Steve 'Turbo' Robinson did a decade earlier. Forever and ever we follow our team... 

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