ANDRES Gurrieri is delighted to have finally joined Plymouth Argyle.The 23-year-old Argentinean signed until the end of the new season on Friday after a second successive summer trialling with the Pilgrims.
He said: “It’s taken a year to arrive here, and I am very, very happy to be part of this team.
“Last season, for the lads, was a bit difficult and I think they want to change things this season. To be a part of that, to try to do something for the gaffer and for the team, is going to be great for me.
“I am so happy about that.”
Peter Reid decided against engaging Andres almost a year ago to the day after the midfielder played in several pre-season games – including Romain Larrieu’s Testimonial against QPR at Home Park – during an extensive trial.
Instead, he signed for the Pilgrims’ npower League 2 rivals Burton Albion, lining up against Argyle when the Brewers lost 2-1 at Home Park in January.
“I played many games at Burton,” said Andres. “The gaffer, Paul Peschisolido, gave me the opportunity to sign there, and my first experience of England was very good.
“English football is different – it is fast, it is quite physical, and it is always wet!
“I learnt a lot about English football. I have adapted to it, so that is good.”
Following his release by Burton, Andres has played in the Pilgrims’ last two pre-season games, at Weston-super-Mare and Tiverton, and will be part of the Argyle squad that takes on Birmingham City at Home Park on Saturday.
He will wear the number 27 shirt.
Meanwhile, Jed Harper-Penman is set to join Bideford on-loan for three months. He is expected to play in the Robins' pre-season friendly with Torquay United tonight.
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