An ecstatic Biggleswade United boss Mick Reardon has welcomed the impact the signing of former Chelsea midfielder Enrique de Lucas could have on the club.
The former Barcelona youth and Spanish U21 midfielder hung his boots up at the end of the 2013-14 season playing for Hercules.
De Lucas - who played for a host of La Liga sides throughout his career - is yet to join up with the Biggleswade squad, but Reardon expects to put his new star man through his paces imminently.
Reardon hopes that the Spaniard’s addition to the squad will benefit all around him, while adding an extra dimension on the field.
Reardon said: “He brings a wealth of experience, and hopefully it will benefit those around him.
“For the team to play with someone of his stature is really exciting. His technical ability, movement, shape, sharpness and composure are just something else.
“It was an opportunity that turned up. There were lots of reasons for the signing.
“The club is going forwards. It’s an interesting time.
“The gates are rising week after week and we’re a club on the up.”
Reardon praised the role of Guillem Balague, a renowned Spanish journalist and Biggleswade United Director of Football, in helping to coax de Lucas from retirement.
Reardon added: “We were at a meeting one night and he proposed that de Lucas might be interested in a move. I just said yes and took his hand off.
“Guillem has had a massive impact on the club. Everything he has done has all been with long-term in mind.
“He’s been excellent for the town and the club.”
United host Hadley this weekend and victory would see them leapgfrog their mid-table opponents.