David Addy moves to Porto
After two formative years at Randers FC, during which he helped the club achieve the number 5 spot in the league and won the Under 20 World Cup with the Ghanaian national team, 19 year-old David Addy has been snapped up by FC Porto. The current Portuguese league champions first spotted Addy at the U-20 WOrld Championships and also noted his part in Randers FC's victory over Hamburg SV in the European League.
Trainer Ove Christiansen regrets the loss of a fantastically talented player, but is delighted for Addy:
"David is a major football talent with unique skills, which I will of course come to miss in our efforts to avoid relegation from the SAS League. But obviously, when a club such as FC Porto comes along, we are not going to stand in the way."
Søren Jensen heads for Randers
Former Viborg FF and OB left back Søren Jensen has been brought in from Norwegian club Odd Grenland as replacement for David Addy. Jensen had his debut at Viborg under Randers FC's current trainer Ove Christiansen, who says of his new signing:
"I know Søren's style of play well, and believe that assets such as his good left foot, power in the air and long throw-ins will make a major contribution to the team. What's more, he's a fighter. Another quality we need right now."
Other transfer activity
28 year-old Bobbie Friberg da Cruz was imported from Sweden to command the Randers defence after the departure of Ralf Pedersen. So far, not all expectations have been fulfilled and Bobbie has therefore been hired out to top Norwegian club Kongsvinger IL until 2011, when it is hoped he will return with more experience to add to his undeniable talent.
After being part of a team that has beaten Randers 6-1 and 5-0 within the last couple of seasons, Morten Karlsen joins Randers FC from FC Nordsjælland as master and commander of the defence. The 30 year-old has the qualities and experience needed at this point in the club's history and his debut is eagerly awaited.
Warm-up match results
Despite a string of injured key players, the 2-2 draw against FC Midtjylland showed encouraging play - in particular from Marc Nygaard, top scorer in the SAS League in 2008/9 but plagued by injuries and poor form so far in the 2009/10 season. Trainer Ove Christiansen used the next warm-up match against Hobro IK to test many of the younger and up-and-coming players in a 2-0 defeat. The last domestic warm-up match before departure for training in Spain was against Skive IK which Randers FC won 2-0.
The training session in Spain includes three test matches against East European teams, leaving one pre-season warm-up match against Viborg FF before the season starts again on 7 March.