The optimism about The Cooking Pot would increase further, as Djan Bacelar
revealed a second signing, hot on the heels of the blockbuster deal that was Cyril Künzler
. Iman Eshrafi
, 17 year-old forward, became Grilled's first-ever Iranian player.
And has Eshrafi come far in three months; not the biggest prospect with rising Tehran third division side f.c.farshad, he spent a week at training camp with the Kentucky-based Meola's Mafia, where his stock rose precipitously, as scouts witnessed his unbounded creativity on the ball.
This was sufficient to land him a high-profile S$450000 transfer to Italian Division Eight club A. B. Tritadanè, where he only continued to impress, in his ten games with the first team. A spectacular last outing against Olimpique, in which he scored twice, only cemented his determination to force another move through, and Tritadanè haggled a S$1.5 million deal with Grilled that left all parties satisfied.
"It's a high but fair price." Bacelar quipped. "Eshrafi has a talent that isn't easily defined, and the other coaches were in agreement that he possesses a rare potential."
To the delight of supporters, the head coach then affirmed that the club were very much on the lookout for more prospects. "We were after Szabolcs Hollós, but he would go to Germany's Helloween Havoxx for S$5 million, eventually. Never fear, there will be more signings - when I say we're rebuilding, I mean it!"