Monday, January 28, 2008
New Signing #4 - Introduction to Erik Nevland
Patience is a virtue? There I go moaning a few hours back that we'd not signed someone and lo by tea time we have. I had a sneaky suspicion that considering the prices being banded around we might be back in for Nevland, I just wasn't expecting it quite so soon. I'm trying not raise my expectations based on the new signings we've made. Past experience has shown we won't know how good they are until we've seen them play a few games, but, it certainly makes me feel more positive now we've got some reinforcements.
Erik Nevland began his career at Viking FK in Norway but was sold to Manchester United when he was only 19. During his time at United he was unable to establish himself in the first team making only 6 appearances in two years, but he did manage to score against Bury in the Worthington Cup. After a couple of loan spells he was sold back to Viking FK making over 150 appearances and scoring some 80 goals. In 2004 he moved to Dutch side F.C. Groningen for whom he has become something of a cult hero. According to Wikipedia he scored 16 times in 20 matches during his first half-season and also scored the first ever goal in their new Euroborg stadium. In December 2007, Nevland was voted 'Groninger of the Year' by television viewers in the province. He was captain and made 116 appearances and scoring 53 goals. Nevland has to date only made 2 appearances for the Norwegian national side.