Rovers sign Brazilian striker in major coup
Forest Green Rovers have signed striker Magno Vieira, who has starred for recently crowned Blue Square Bet Premier Champions Fleetwood Town over the past two seasons.
The 27-year-old Brazilian has made over 200 senior appearances and scored more than 70 times in a career that started with Wigan Athletic before taking in spells at Carlisle United, Barnet, Crawley Town, Wycombe Wanderers and Fleetwood Town.
Vieira said he was lured to Forest Green by the aspirations of a club that was fast developing a reputation as one of the most sought after destinations in the Blue Square Premier League.
Vieira said: “What attracted me is the ambition of the chairman and the attitude of the manager, who seems to really rate me as a player.
“I’ve played against Forest Green over the past two years and I think they’ve improved loads. Hopefully I can help them improve further and add to what is already a good strike-force.
When asked what fans at The New Lawn can expect from him next season, Vieira was straight to the point: “They can expect goals. I’ve scored goals at every club I’ve been to.”
It’s a goal-scoring record that netted Vieira 31 goals in 56 starts for Fleetwood Town over the past two seasons.
“I enjoyed my two years with Fleetwood but felt it was the right time to move on and I think Forest Green is the right destination.”
Rovers Manager David Hockaday said Vieira had moved from Fleetwood Town on a free transfer and signed a three year deal at The New Lawn.
“This sends out a big message to the rest of the competition. Vieira’s a top quality proven striker who’s been involved in a promotion winning team this year.
“This is a great bit of business for FGR and we’re really excited.”
Vieira’s arrival will bolster a Forest Green strike force that was hobbled by an injury to top marksman Reece Styche, who spent much of the season on the sideline. That void was filled by influential midfielder Yan Klukowski, who scored 18 goals from 45 appearances in the league, and the hardworking Matt Taylor who hit 10 goals from 26 starts.
Hockaday said the signing of Vieira, coupled with the return from injury by Styche who still managed to find the net 8 times in just 9 starts (with another 7 appearances from the bench), will mean Rovers have a range of goal-scoring threats next season.
“We now have a group of strikers and attacking midfielders that all offer something different, but they also have something in common – they can all score goals.”