SLIGO ROVERS have snapped up New Zealand defender Nando Pijnaker on mortgage from Portuguese facet Rio Ave.
The 22-year-old has signed for the total season and can fill the void left by John Mahon, who was offered to St Johnstone final month.
Pijnaker has beforehand performed for Grasshopper in Switzerland and Helsingor in Denmark.
He gained his solely New Zealand cap thus far in opposition to Lithuania in 2019.
Pijnaker was additionally a part of the All Whites staff that reached the quarter-finals of final 12 months’s Olympic Video games.
And he has opted to make the swap to Eire now after being tempted with Europa Convention League soccer by Bit O’Crimson supervisor Liam Buckley.
Pijnaker stated: “It’s unbelievable to be right here. It’s a transfer that appealed to me and my fundamental motivation is to play matches and assist the staff.
“I do know the season is 36 video games plus cup soccer and European video games so I do know an opportunity will come sooner or later and I’ll take it.
“I spoke with the supervisor a few instances and I used to be impressed by what he stated.
“He had been talking with my agent and I felt this was alternative to go to a staff taking part in European soccer at normal as nicely.
“Eire as a rustic is sort of much like New Zealand in lots of points.
“I feel I’ll be capable of alter and I’m actually wanting ahead to assembly everybody and taking part in in entrance of the supporters within the Showgrounds.”
Buckley added: “We’re very happy to usher in Nando. He’s carried out nicely along with his nation within the Olympics final 12 months.
“Rio Ave are eager for him to get game-time at this stage of his profession so we’re delighted to have him with us this season.
“Nando has lots of what you need from a defender when it comes to his top, energy, his tackling and likewise his distribution as nicely.
“He’s coming into a brand new league however we really feel he can do nicely right here.
“We do have Garry Buckley, Shane Blaney, Robbie McCourt can slot in there and younger Peter Maguire is coming via, however with the lack of John Mahon it was necessary to usher in one other defender at centre-half.”
Sligo open their league season by welcoming Keith Lengthy’s Bohemians to the Showgrounds on Saturday week.
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