Hyderabad FC sign Spaniard Javi Siverio

23-year-old striker joins HFC as sixth overseas player

Hyderabad: Adding further strength to their attack, Hyderabad FC have completed the signing of Spanish striker Javier Siverio ahead of the 2021-22 Indian Super League campaign, the club announced on Monday.

“I am really excited to sign for Hyderabad FC and I cannot wait to make my ISL debut,” said Siverio after completing the formalities.

“Last season, the team was very close to making it into the top-4 and I am sure we will be aiming for a higher finish in the upcoming campaign,” the 23-year-old added.

The six-feet tall striker started off his youth career with Laguna before joining the youth setup of Spanish Segunda Division side Las Palmas in 2015. Climbing up the ladder, Siverio, at 19, was a part of the Las Palmas B side that trained under current HFC Head Coach Manolo Marquez in the 2016-17 season.

The Spanish coach, who rates the youngster highly, says “Javi Siverio is a young striker who has played for the academies at Las Palmas and Racing Santander, where he also scored for the senior side.”

“He is a natural finisher, is very clever inside the box and is also strong in the air. He is only 23 and will join Hyderabad to try and show us his qualities,” the mister added.

After spending a couple of seasons with Las Palmas B, Siverio joined Racing Santander in 2018. The 23-year-old turned up for their reserve side in the fourth tier of Spanish football scoring 16 goals in 24 appearances (21 starts) in his debut season.

He followed it up with a 24-goal 2019-20 campaign for Racing Santander II where he also featured for the senior team in Segunda B as a part of the side that earned a promotion to Segunda División after a four-year absence.

Siverio moves abroad for the first time with Hyderabad FC and he cannot wait to get started. “Playing in this league is the right step for me at this time in my career. I know it will be a big challenge and I am looking forward to this great experience,” he said.

The youngster joins Hyderabad as the fourth new overseas player after Bartholomew Ogbeche, Edu Garcia and Juanan, and becomes the tenth new player in the squad this season.

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