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Frankie Hatton | 15th January 2016
The January transfer window saw the Lions looking to strengthen particularly because at the end of November/early December we had several players out injured for what could be several weeks. Our fears were realised as the first 3 games of 2016 proved, going down 1-0 against Gibraltar Utd and Manchester 62. Finally compounded by a whopping 6-0 loss to Glacis.
Jose Luis Romero was out from pre season with a rather unusual injury but finally on his way back in January but there was more bad news Raul Segura, Rafa Bardo and Sykes Garro were also injured, Narvaez was in and out with knocks, Jonay too and our midfield teeth were decidedly lacking. Yes, the likes of Ashley Rodriguez and Ishmael could battle and hold the midfield but the link forward was proving elusive. Narvaez and Jonay also played well when fit but maintaining consistency and fitness is difficult and even harder as the losses dented our morale.
Our first signing Pedro Pinazo Arias (Perico) was a welcome boost but the Greek FA were difficult to get hold of and it has taken a lot of negotiation and conversations to finally get the official release the GFA insisted on. One or two other players came up but we declined them and at one point it looked as though that might be it. How wrong we were. A week later we signed Albi Gonzalez Guerrero after a brief trial and
Salvadore Garcia Martin joined both from Tesorillo. Both have already done well with Albi scoring on his debut and Salva scoring in all three games he’s played so far. In order to strengthen our goalkeeping team we were very lucky after some negotiation to secure Liam Neale for our squad from Gibraltar Utd. Of course players in also means players out and it is sad to see other players leaving for whatever reason. The Lions club wish them well wherever they go and play their football we would also like to thank them for their dedication and hard work.
Finally a note about Jayce Olivero who recently had trials for Leicester City. The trial lasted 6 days with plenty of games and training from Jayce we hear he picked up a lot of tips and knowledge. He wasn’t picked up in the end but they were very impressed with his work and skills. Some you win some you lose and Jayce who has been with us since he was 5 years old is definitely someone who will win in the end. Watch this space as we already have another UK club interested and even though for the Lions it will be hard to lose such a great young talent if we have to, in the end our aim is to let our local talent go as far as they can in the game. #HearUsRoar
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