SOUTHAMPTON, England. Sep 23 (PA) – Southampton have signed former Celtic goalkeeper Artur Boruc until the end of the season.
The Poland international made his name during his five-year spell in Scotland and left Serie A outfit Fiorentina during the summer.
Free agent Boruc has now joined Saints for the rest of the season, providing competition to club captain Kelvin Davis and 20-year-old Paulo Gazzaniga.
The 32-year-old agreed terms at St Mary’s after the 4-1 victory over Aston Villa and will be added to the south coast side’s Premier League squad list.
“I’m looking forward to playing in the best league in the world while I’m playing here at Southampton,” Boruc told the club’s official website. “I missed football, so I’m really glad that I’m here and I’ve finally found the club I was looking for. My dreams are coming true. I’ve been talking about this for a long time, and finally I’m here in the Premier League.”
Boruc knows he faces a tough challenge for the Southampton number one spot but is looking forward to challenging Davis and Gazzaniga.
“We’ll see what’s going to happen over the next couple of weeks,” Boruc added. “I’ll give 100% and try to get in goal for Southampton. I like challenges and I’m an ambitious guy, so that’ll be good for everybody.”
Adkins, who dropped regular number one Davis for 20-year-old Gazzaniga against Villa, is delighted to bolster Southampton’s goalkeeping options.
“We’re very pleased,” he said. “Artur has great experience from Celtic and Fiorentina, and from playing for the national team in Poland. He now gives us a third goalkeeper in the building, which is important because the potential for injuries and people getting sent off means we have to cover ourselves. He gives us great back-up and competition.
“Paulo is a very young goalkeeper and he did ever so well for us, and everyone knows how much I rate Kelvin – what a great character he is and how important he’s been in what we’ve done here at Southampton. Artur now comes in as a third goalkeeper with a vast amount of experience.”
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