Bolton Wanderers have confirmed the signing of Spanish left-back, Jose Manuel Casado, on a one-year deal, with an option of a further year.
The 29-year old has been training with his new team mates at Euxton for the past two weeks, and joins the club to provide much needed cover and competition for Dean Moxey.
Casado will already be very familiar with another fellow new signing in Arsenal loanee, Wellington Silva. The pair were team mates last season at La Liga side Almeria. He only joined the side in January, however, and left this summer when they were relegated from the Spanish top flight.
The left-back has an impressive list of previous club on his CV, having been on the books at Barcelona (playing for the C side as a youngster), Sevilla, Rayo Vallecano, Malaga and the aforementioned Almeria. Also enjoying stints on loan at Recreativo and Xerez.
A couple of years ago now, Casado suffered a severe knee injury which prevented him from moving to Levente. However, he seems to be completely over that now, at least according to Neil Lennon.
Having played in Spain for the entirety of his career, Casado is taking a jump into the unknown just as much as fellow new recruit Francesco Pisano. Not to mention Derik Osede and Prince-Désir Gouano, who both are also adapting to a new country and culture. Can only hope they all adapt quickly and seamlessly now! But isn't it great to have so many options in defence again?
The Whites are now waiting on international clearance for Casado to be eligible for tomorrow nights game against Blackburn Rovers.
Casado will wear the #20 shirt for Wanderers this season, and you can follow are latest signing on Twitter @JMCasado20.