Saints pounce for Boruc

Polish goalkeeper joins Southampton on free transfer

Artur Boruc: Arrival at Southampton has been welcomed by Nigel Adkins

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Southampton have added Artur Boruc to their ranks after signing the former Celtic goalkeeper on a deal until the end of the season.

The Poland international made his name during his five-year spell in Scotland and left Serie A outfit Fiorentina during the summer.

Free agent Boruc has now joined Saints for the rest of the season, providing competition to club captain Kelvin Davis and 20-year-old Paulo Gazzaniga, who started Saturday's 4-1 victory over Aston Villa.

Boruc is excited about what lies ahead, telling his new club's official website: "I'm looking forward to playing in the best league in the world while I'm playing here at Southampton.

"I missed football, so I'm really glad that I'm here and I've finally found the club I was looking for.

"My dreams are coming true. I've been talking about this for a long time, and finally I'm here in the Premier League."

Ambitious

Boruc recognises that he faces a fight to get into Nigel Adkins' starting XI, but it is a challenge he insists he will relish.

"We'll see what's going to happen over the next couple of weeks," he said.

"I'll give 100 per cent and try to get in goal for Southampton. I like challenges and I'm an ambitious guy, so that'll be good for everybody."

Adkins has welcomed the arrival of the experienced Boruc, backing him to be a useful addition to the squad.

"We're very pleased," said Adkins. "Artur has great experience from Celtic and Fiorentina, and from playing from the national team in Poland.

"He now gives us a third goalkeeper in the building, which is important because the potential for injuries and people getting sent off means we have to cover ourselves. He gives us great back-up and competition."