Adelaide United have bolstered their Spanish contingent with the signing of forward Miguel Palanca for the remainder of the 2014/15 season.
Palanca's signing follows the exit of off-contract Portuguese star Fabio Fabio Ferreira to the Central Coast Mariners and ongoing uncertainty over A-League visa spots.
Football Federation Australia has flagged a reduction in the number of import players from five to four per club in a bid to increase opportunities for young Australian players.
Palanca joins the Reds after spending the past 18-months playing for Numancia in Segunda Division, where he notched up 42 appearances and scored five goals.
Head coach Josep Gombau stressed the importance of signing a player who is already familiar and experienced with the Reds' style and said he was excited by the Spaniard's level of versatility.
“We are trying to play this particular style and to bring a player like Palanca will only help us improve as a team,” Gombau said.
The 27-year-old already has a link with the club, having played youth football at Expanyol with Adelaide United's 2013/14 Club Champion Isaias.
A former Real Madrid signing, he made three appearances for the European giants's first team and played regularly for their second team in the Spanish Segunda Division.
His debut for Los Blancos came in a 2-0 El Clasico loss against Barcelona at Camp Nou.
In the 2009/10 season, Palanca went on loan to Castellon where he featured 36 times and scored three goals, before joining La Liga outfit Elche. At Elche, Palanca made a total of 72 appearances, scoring five times whilst they were in Segunda Division.
The winger will a link up with the Reds squad later this week to prepare for the remainder of the season.
Adelaide United are currently sitting second on the league ladder, four points behind leaders Perth Glory and equal on points with Melbourne Victory.
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