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Hibs move to sign Gretna star Fabian Yantorno

 

By DAVID HARDIE

 

HIBS boss Mixu Paatelainen today revealed he's poised to offer former Gretna forward Fabian Yantorno the chance to resurrect his career at Easter Road.

The little Uruguayan shone despite Gretna's troubled season before suffering serious knee ligament damage while playing against Falkirk in mid-January.

 

But as Gretna's financial problems deepened, they released the former Miramar Misiones star last month, claiming they couldn't afford to pay for the specialist rehabilitation required.

 

Today, however, Paatelainen disclosed he has offered Yantorno, who is a free agent, the opportunity to undergo the necessary treatment at Hibs' state-of-the-art training centre with a view to signing for the club when he has recovered.

 

The 25-year-old caught Paatelainen's eye while playing for Gretna and the Hibs manager is convinced his patience in waiting for Yantorno to recover full fitness will be vindicated. He said: "It won't be until next season, we are still a few months away, but we have agreed with Fabian that he does his rehabilitation with us with a view to joining us.

 

"I feel he is a very good player, very positive, he has good technical ability, he is quick, and sharp. We will get him fit, there is no question of that, and then we will assess him. I think he will be a good asset to us if he turns out to be the player I have seen before and believe he is."

 

And Paatelainen revealed how Yantorno had jumped at the lifeline offered by Hibs. He said: "He had actually begun his rehabilitation elsewhere and he was delighted when we asked him to come over here. He was here in a flash. He told me he was really impressed when he played against Hibs at Easter Road, the set-up, the supporters, everything."

 

Source: http://sport.scotsman.com/sport/-Hibs-move...sign.3961913.jp

 

Didn't fancy Latics then?

 

Is is just me who think this picture looks like it has had Yantorno's head artificially imposed on it:

 

 

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Edited by Bring Back Pukka Pies
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Possibly us??

Definitely us.....:censored: him if that's the case. Shame we helped in the first place. Wasn't convinced at us looking at a player from a team woefully unable to make the grade in the SPL anyway. Esp as Gary Mc came from an established SPL team and is decent but very inconsistent. So really he could be a bag of :censored:, that stands out from the really, really bad players in the team for being a bit better than them.

 

On we move anyway....

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Let me get this straight: an injured player from a struggling Scottish team may have decided to sign elsewhere? One that our own club has mentioned nothing about signing? You know, maybe we'll miss out and maybe he's a very good player but I'll not be crying myself to sleep tonight or screaming for Hardy's head on a pole.

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I think we safely say he wont be coming to >>BP<< and no mention of his "time" at Oldham,so the sightings ??

 

 

I'll become SPL star to thank Hibs chief Mixu Paatelainen, says Fabian Yantorno

Apr 11 2008

 

FABIAN YANTORNO has vowed to pay back Hibs boss Mixu Paatelainen for rescuing his career by becoming an SPL star.

 

The 25-year-old was crocked for six months after a clash with Falkirk keeper Tim Krul while playing for Gretna in January.

 

And things went from bad to worse for the Uruguayan when the Borders club went into administration.

 

Yantorno was on the verge of packing his bags and returning to South America after Gretna sacked him when it emerged they couldn't afford to pay for his rehabilitation from a serious knee injury.

 

But a surprise call from Hibs boss Paatelainen has seen the winger continue his recuperation at the Easter Road side's new training centre with a view to signing a deal this summer.

 

Yantorno is desperate to prove himself capable of earning a deal.

 

He said: "I was on crutches, my season was over and Gretna released me and I stopped getting paid in March.

 

"I was sitting in my house, thousands of miles away from home and all sorts of things were going through my head.

 

"People can forget about you very quickly when you are not playing. Going back to Uruguay was a possibility but I wanted to stay here in Scotland.

 

"I am hoping I'll be ready to join the rest of the boys for pre-season training. I know I am going to get fit again and I want to repay Mixu for the faith he has shown in me in giving me this opportunity."

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Also no mention of what fee they're paying Gretna for him, which I find strange for such a good player who's still under contract.

 

Is that a serious post or are you taking the piste ? :blink:

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