NEW Hartlepool United signing Matteo Lanzoni says he is determined to take his chance after signing on loan from Cambridge United.
The 26-year-old, who played for Sampdoria as a teenager, has joined on loan from Sky Bet League Two side until the end of December as Paul Murray strengthens his defensive options.
The pair know each other from Oldham Athletic, when Murray was first team coach there before taking the Pools job.
“This chance has arrived for me and I am very happy to have the possibility to show what I can do,” said Lanzoni.
“I must say thank you to the club and to the gaffer for calling me and giving me this chance.
“This is a big opportunity for me at a good club and I am sure that I will do my maximum for Hartlepool, for the manager, for the fans and for the team.
“I worked with the gaffer at Oldham so I know he is a really good person and also a very good manager so I am looking forward to playing under him again.
“I am a physical centre-half and I think my style is well-suited to the nature of League Two.
“Every game is a battle and I am sure that my physicality and experience can help the team,” said Lanzoni who was talking to the club’s website.
Lanzoni has been handed squad number 24.
He goes straight in to contention for Saturday’s Sky Bet League Two game against league leaders Wycombe Wanderers.