New signing boosts Adelaide's Spanish ranks

Adelaide United boosted their Spanish contingent with the signing of experienced forward Pablo Sanchez Alberto on a one-year deal, with the option for a second year.

The 31-year-old, who played  more than 200 games in the Segunda A division, arrived in Adelaide on Thursday night and will hit the training paddock immediately.

Pablo Sanchez joins the Reds from Depurative Lugo, where he played every game in 2013-2014, the only player to do so.

He brings the Reds' Spanish contingent to three, joining attacker Sergio Cirio and midfielder Isaias Sanchez.

“We need a player that can play in front and also defend, a player also with experience, especially because the age of our team is so young,” coach Josep Gombau said.

“In this moment we are looking for this player that can play number 9. He can also play in the middle and the wing if required.”

Gombau added: “Last year he played 42 out of 42 games and he also played in a team that played the same style as us. All these things helped to make the decision of signing him.”

Sanchez, began his football career for his hometown club, Cadiz CF.

In 2004 he joined Sevilla where he spent four seasons. After a stint at Las Palmas, he spent three seasons with Recreativo de Huelva and another season back with Cadiz CF before transferring to Depurative Lugo.

Gombau stressed the value of Sanchez’s experience in a team brimming with young stars.

“When you have one or two injuries, you need someone who can step in and fulfil the role you need and help,” he said.

“He has played 329 games across both Segunda divisions so he comes with experience.”

Sanchez’s signing sees the Reds deepen their ties with Gombau’s homeland.

“Our club also wants to have this link with Spain,” the 38-year-old Spaniard said.

“We want to build a relationship with Spain, especially through the recent Malaga game. We want to make it even bigger again next year and it’s a brand and connection we want to have and continue to grow.”