Julen is the Real deal says East Fife gaffer

Ross Brown keeps hold of the ball. Picture by George Mcluskie.
Ross Brown keeps hold of the ball. Picture by George Mcluskie.

Bayview boss Gary Naysmith has hit the January sales early to snap up former Real Sociedad defender Julen Echaveguren Leanizbarrutia.

The centre half has been training at Bayview for some weeks after being released by his former club and heading to Edinburgh to study.

The 23-year-old was with his former club for five years and last season was included in Sociedad’s Champions League squad.

The Bayview gaffer said: “He was recommended to us by Allan Preston and was looking for training facilities.

“He’s done well and played around 150 times for Real Sociedad’s B team and their Champions League squad.

“He got freed and is quite a clever lad so instead of pursuing football full-time has come here to do engineering.

“He was looking for a part-time club to fit around his study.

“He has a great build and his legs are like tree trunks.

“He can pass well - just a typical Spanish played.

“We had a bounce game recently and he played in that and never broke sweat.

“We managed to get an outside sponsor to pay his wages.

“I can’t say what he’s on but it’s embarrassing how much he’s signed for - he just wants to play.”

The aid the smooth transition of the move, the club has signed the defender as an amateur and completed his international clearance.

This means that, although signed, he cannot play until the transfer window opens again in January when the move can be made from amateur to professional terms.

Bayview boss Gary Naysmith told the Mail that he also has Jonathan Page, who this week returned to parent club Dunfermline Athletic, on his shopping list.

“We’re looking to do something with Pagey” said Naysmith.

“The positive for us is that he can’t now go on loan to anybody else from Dunfermline.”