Fareham Town are ready to unleash new French signing Julien Anau.
The 18-year-old has signed for the Reds from Paris FC, who play in the third tier of French football, after moving to Britain with his family.
However, Fareham may have to put his debut on ice.
The Cams Alders pitch is still covered in snow – leaving tonight’s Wessex League premier division clash with Lymington Town (7.45pm) in doubt.
Regardless, Fareham assistant manager Shaun Coles is delighted to have Anau on board.
‘Julien has moved across the Channel and was recommended to us,’ said Coles, who is in the Cams Alders hot seat while boss Matt Parr is away.
‘He’s been training with us for five weeks but we have not been able to formally sign him until we received his international clearance.
‘As you would expect of someone who has been a professional in France, Julien has excellent touch and control.
‘He looks a good player and as soon as he gets the ball his head is up looking for the next pass.
‘He is a ball-playing midfield player and could prove a big asset.’
Coles admitted the Fareham faithful may have to wait to see their new recruit in action as he delivered a worrying update of the Cams Alders surface.
He is desperate to return to action, though, and avoid a frenetic finale to the season.
‘It would be okay if we were bobsleighing,’ he said.
‘We are more than half way through the season and have only played 19 league games, so a fixture backlog is becoming a real problem.
‘I can see the final few months becoming very hectic.
‘It will mean playing three games a week and that will test the squad.
‘What it will mean is that some of the good youngsters we have coming through may get a chance a little earlier.’
Fareham have played just four games since the beginning of December.
Elsewhere, Horndean’s clash with Blackfield & Langley was postponed, with the latter in FA Vase action against Bemerton tomorrow.