Veteran Shot Stopper Joins Benvenuti's Army
Thirty-two year old Italian goalkeeper Luca Tomasig
today put pen to paper for Lupa Roma, signing a two year deal. Starting goalkeeper Michele Mangiapelo had received a dislocated shoulder in pre-season training, and is set to miss at least the first month of the competitive season, along with the rest of pre-season. With this in mind, manager Antonio Benvenuti did not hesitate to replace his injured goal tender.
Luca Tomasig came through the Atalanta academy, and made his senior debut for Pozzuolo del Friuli in Serie D in a loan spell during the 2001/2002 season, where he made 28 league appearances. However, he was unable to break in to Atalanta's side, and experienced a number of clubs such as Belluno, Cagliari, Padova, AC Reggiana (twice), AlbinoLeffe, and Novara. Tomasig last played for Novara in Serie B two seasons ago, but was released by the club in the summer of 2014. Now, he has made his return to competitive football by signing for Lupa Roma.
Tomasig is a very well rounded goalkeeper and is expected to challenge Mangiapelo for a starting spot, once the latter returns from injury. At thirty-two years of age, Mangiapelo is in the prime of his career as a goalkeeper and is a welcome addition to Benvenuti's side, according to the manager himself.
"It was not ideal for us that Mangiapelo picked up a medium-term injury but that is something which we had to find a solution for and we have, in the form of Luca Tomasig. Luca is a very talented goalkeeper and I expect him to be reliable between the posts. He has a lot of experience, having made over 200 league appearances, and I fully expect him to show this experience every day; in training and in matches."
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