In the summer of 2001, it looked like the Whites were rid of the man known to almost everyone as the “Black Hole of Footballs”, and to a select, lucky few as Marty Aspin.

However, little did we know that, waiting in the wings, was a ready-made replacement. A tall, lanky dark-haired Eastern European hailing from Romania.

The man with the silky skills at first looked out of his depth during glamour training sessions, struggling with the physical aspect of the Hard Men of the Whites, and it seemed as if he would follow in the footsteps of other dud iron curtain recruits such as Istvan Kozma & Torben Piechnik.

He seemed destined for reserve football at best, and so it happened. Languishing in the 2nd team, he struggled, only scoring 30-odd goals in his two seasons of mid-table mediocrity.

In season 2004, however, after some retirements & transfers, it looks as though the man destined never to make it by some ill-informed bystanders is set to make his mark on the upper echelons of the Collegiate Leage with the Glamour.

We wait with baited breath………….