Orlando Pirates have announced the signing of French goalkeeper Joris Delle, who last played for Dutch giants Feyenoord.
The Soweto giants have seen plenty of transfer activity in the past week, mostly players leaving the club, as well some changes in their technical staff.
They unveiled the first addition to their playing personnel on Monday – in the form of the ex-youth international who joins on a three-year contract.
Orlando Pirates unveil Joris Delle
The 29-year-old, who has played in France’s Ligue One as well as the Eeredivisie in the Netherlands, told the Pirates website he was delighted to be embarking on a new challenge.
“I am glad to join this prestigious football club called Orlando Pirates and starting a new adventure in South Africa.
“Happy to be part of an ambitious club with amazing fans who will accompany us on the road of success. I think that I will be the first French player to play for the Pirates, I would like also be the first to win titles there. Let’s go for it, it starts by a good pre-season!”
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Delle began his career at FC Metz in France and was part of a national Under-21 squad which included the likes of World Cup winners Antoine Griezmann and Raphael Varane in 2012.
After close to a decade plying his trade in his home country, he moved to the Netherlands, and last turned out for Feyenoord, where he made just two appearances last season, playing as understudy to Dutch international keeper Kenneth Vermeer.
Delle joins the Buccaneers a week after the club released one of its first-team goalkeepers Jackson Mabokgwane, and will compete for the gloves with the likes of Wayne Sandilands and Brilliant Khuzwayo.
“Everyone at Orlando Pirates would like to welcome Joris Delle and wish him all the very best for his career on board the Buccaneers’ ship.”