FC Goa has, on Tuesday, announced the signing of Spanish winger Miguel Palanca. The 30-year old adds plenty of experience to the Gaurs, having made over 250 appearances in La Liga (Spain), A-League (Australia), Ekstraklasa (Poland) and Cypriot First Division.
Palanca was a product of RCD Espanyol's youth ranks, playing for the first team and B-side in the 2006–07 season. He made his La Liga debut in 2007 against Sevilla FC before spending one season at Real Madrid where he made his debut for Real Madrid in the El Classico against FC Barcelona. He then moved to CD Castellon for the 2009-10 season in the second division.
Palanca then signed a two-year contract with Elche CF and subsequently moved on to CD Numancia for whom he played for one-and-a-half seasons in the second tier. He has also gone on to represent Australian club Adelaide United FC in the A-league, Gimnàstic de Tarragona in Spain and spells in Poland and Cyprus, before being roped in by the Gaurs.
Palanca expressed his delight after putting pen to paper on a new contract.
“I am extremely delighted to be signing for FC Goa. The club’s past record in the league and the players who are already there along with the overall project are what attracted me the most and I can’t wait to get started in the ISL,” the Spaniard said.
FC Goa coach Sergio Lobera was equally delighted with his new foreign acquisition.
“Palanca is a very experienced player. He can play in many positions, and not only has great dribbling skills but also knows how to finish. He can play in any position at the front, and I think that he will greatly augment the team’s efforts, since only 5 foreigners are allowed on the pitch, it’s good to have a player with these characteristics. He has played alongside Coro in the past, and I think he'll be a key player in order to achieve our goals,” the 41-year old said.
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