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Squad Update: Reinforcements Incoming

Posted on Text: Dave Burch Visual Editing: Daniel Silva

The Dragoons have strengthened the squad ahead of the second half of the season with three new additions.

The first of the new incoming is a familiar face to many of the existing team.

Michael Lamb 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

A Scottish native, Michael has been a regular face in the crowd on matchdays since moving to Kraków. Following the recent trial match, the centre back impressed the coaches and will further reinforce the squad in defence.

Michael played junior football in Aberdeen for Kemnay FC and at amateur level for Kintore Amateurs. Following work and university commitments he put a hold on playing football, but will be resuming his career with Dragoons.

A fan of Liverpool and Celtic, Michael hails Steven Gerrard as his footballing idol.

Krakow Dragoons FC supporters, players and staff
The Dragoons very own Braveheart, Michael Lamb (centre) has been a keen watcher of the team before joining the squad as a player

Piotr Hajnrych 🇵🇱

Piotr hails from Częstochowa and started his footballing journey playing youth football for his local side KS Częstochowa at IV Liga level.

A loan spell followed at SKRA Częstochowa, before moving to LOT Konopiska where Piotr found his position as an attacking left back. Due to a reoccurring thigh injury, Piotr had to put his career on hold, but in more recent times has played in the FLS and Biznes Liga since moving to Kraków.

The Polish national is a fan of Italian giants Juventus and classes the likes of Del Piero, Zidane, Nedved and Buffon as his childhood heroes. In Poland, Piotr follows Ekstraklasa highflyers Raków Częstochowa.

Piotr discovered the Dragoons by chance, passing by whilst bike riding and found the club via social media. Following a successful trial, Piotr will look to compete for a starting berth on the left side of the defence.

Temo Loladze 🇬🇪

The third and final signing is Georgian national Temo Loladze who comes with an interesting background.

Temo started his footballing career in the youth team of FC WIT Georgia. At the age of 16, Temo moved to Russia to continue his football in the Russian second division with FC Kaluga. Unfortunately, injury cut short his time in Russia, however, Temo returned to Georgia and resumed his career playing Futsal and 11-a-side.

An ultimate sportsman, Temo was invited to train with the Georgian Olympic marathon team but once again injury struck and destroyed the prospect of representing his country.

With his hopes and dreams dashed in a sports capacity, Temo turned to the stage. A successful pitch invasion of Kakha Kaladze’s testimonial with AC Milan saw his stock rise in Georgia. Temo made TV appearances on the Georgian and Ukrainian versions of “Got Talent” as well as other shows.

Since moving to Kraków, Temo played in the recent trial match and the coaches moved to sign the versatile Georgian. Despite playing as a goalkeeper in his early career, Temo will be representing the Dragoons in a defensive capacity.

Temo Loladze of Krakow Dragoons FC
Balls of Steel — Talented Georgian all rounder Temo Loladze will provide plenty of entertainment in the Blue jersey


Sadly, the Dragoons say goodbye to a few faces for the time being.

Italian forward Filippo de Felice joined the Dragoons during the middle of the season. He has recently moved to Warsaw and therefore unable to continue with the club. Pippo played three times for the Dragoons scoring once against Wawel and memorably provided the assist for Cedrick Mwamba against Bieżanowianka II.

Filippo de Felice of Krakow Dragoon FC vs Wawel
Arrivederci! Pippo de Felice leaves the Dragoons for pastures new

Flying winger Ernesto Bumba Jr will also be taking a break from football. The Angolan has been with the Dragoons since the start and will be concentrating his efforts in obtaining a PHD for the time being. Bumba played nineteen times for the Dragoons, scoring twelve goals and assisting on four occasions.

Club Hero — Bumba Jr has been a member of the club since its inception. We hope to see him flying down the wing again one day!

Another forward leaving the club for now is Andrea Latino, with the Italian currently on sabbatical outside of Poland. Latino made three appearances for the Dragoons, scoring once in the 20/21 season against Wawel.

Andrea Latino of Krakow Dragoons FC
Latino Heat — Centre Forward Andrea Latino will hope to return to the club following his sabbatical

Summer signing Jacek Fąfara also departs the club after half a season. The towering defence made one appearance for the Dragoons in his time with the club.

The final departure is Portuguese goalkeeper André San Miguel. Sadly, shortly after joining the Dragoons, the custodian badly broke his thumb. After a long injury lay-off, André decided against resuming his football career with the Dragoons.

We wish the lads the very best and thank them for their efforts representing the club.  

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