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Swiss star hails“gor­geous” New B room field

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Air­drie new boy Grif­fin Sa­ba­tini has re­vealed he can’t wait to play at “gor­geous” New Broom­field af­ter a shock move from SC Dnipro 1.

The Di­a­monds have snapped up the Swiss mid­fielder on-loan from the Ukrainian top flight for the League One cam­paign.

The 21-year-old is keen to make the break­through into the Bri­tish game af­ter set­ting eyes on the Penny Cars Sta­dium for the first time last week.

“I wanted to go to ei­ther Eng­land or Scot­land on loan,” he said. “It was es­sen­tial for me to be play­ing in a high-qual­ity team and get some first- team min­utes with teams in Eng­land or Scot­land.

“Talks went back on forth with Air­drieo­ni­ans and my agency, who are a Scot­tish agency, so they have good con­nec­tions here in Scot­land.

“I wanted to test my­self at a high-qual­ity side, and at Air­drie they are packed with high qual­ity young play­ers like Thomas [Robert] for ex­am­ple.

“He has come from a good level with Mont­pel­lier and there is a good chance for de­vel­op­ment here.

“The game in Scot­land means that you need to think quickly and un­der­stand how to re­act quickly. I think it’s a good place for me to be.

“You need to think be­fore you have the ball and think two or three moves again. I’m ex­cited to play in a league where the game moves quite fast.

“The whole club have been very wel­com­ing. I went to the sta­dium and it was ac­tu­ally gor­geous.

“It’s a big sta­dium; much big­ger than I ex­pected. I’m en­joy­ing it so far and look­ing for­ward to get­ting back to train­ing.”

Sa­ba­tini is tar­get­ing a ti­tle win with Ian Mur­ray’s men and reck­ons he can make a real im­pact at the heart of the mid­field.

He added: “I want to be able to make a real im­pact on the pitch.

“Ev­ery game I want to make two or three key passes and re­ally shift the game.

“I re­ally want to con­trib­ute de­fen­sively as well, I feel like that is one of my real qual­i­ties.

“I give ev­ery­thing and don’t leave any­thing on the pitch.

“I haven’t set my­self an aim, but if I can help the de­fence and con­trib­ute with some goals and as­sists I would be happy.

“My main ob­jec­tive is to get the team to get into the Cham­pi­onship.

“What­ever I can do, wher­ever the man­ager puts me, hope­fully we can win League One and reach the Cham­pi­onship.”

Signed up Sa­ba­tini is a Di­a­mond

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