For the second time this week Brook Street crashed into the transfer market tonight, securing the services of 25 year-old Italian wing-back Leandro Di Gaudio from Italian Serie VI side A.C.San Lorenzo for a fee in the region of £1.5M.

Marcus confirmed the signing by saying, “We were a bit lightwight in defence, and if Attila and Andy were to pick up injuries at the same time we could be seriously weakened at the back. It simply wouldn’t be fair to throw the 17 year-olds into the deep end; we’ve got to nurture them for the future and taking a pummelling could really hamper their development”.

He continued, “Leandro will give us stability in the wing-back role, but he can play in the middle as well. He’s also the kind of player who will help bring the kids on, so it’s without doubt a win-win signing for us”.

Leandro will join up with his new team-mates tomorrow.