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RASIAK JOINS SOUTHAMPTON

Posted on 8 February 2006  - 12:00

Agreement has been reached for Grzegorz Rasiak to become a Southampton player. Grzegorz joins the south coast club today on a loan arrangement until the end of the season with all parties committed to a permanent deal once the season ends and the summer transfer window opens and Fifa rules permit. The total fee will amount to £2m.

Agreement has been reached for Grzegorz Rasiak to become a Southampton player. Grzegorz joins the south coast club today on a loan arrangement until the end of the season with all parties committed to a permanent deal once the season ends and the summer transfer window opens and Fifa rules permit. The total fee will amount to £2m.

The Polish international striker joined us from Derby County in August and made nine appearances in all competitions including four starts in the Premiership.

"We signed Grzegorz at a time when we knew we needed cover for Mido by way of a second target man. He had a good spell in our reserves, often scoring, but when Mido left for the African Nations Cup, we had to bring him into the first team. But he lacked rhythm due to his lack of games at that level. He was a player we needed time with in an ideal world, but this is the Premiership and time is a luxury we don't have.†said Head Coach Martin Jol.

Martin continued: "Also, with strikers, confidence is everything and I think back to when his goal against Liverpool was disallowed. Things might have been very different. I have talked with Grzegorz and I know he is unhappy about his time with us and that is to be expected. I too am disappointed that it has not worked out better, but it is right that both sides now move on. Grzegorz wants to play football every week, particularly in a World Cup year and I respect that. I wish him well at Southampton."