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Former Serie A midfielder joins Beverley

22nd July, 2022

Beverley Town have made the highest profile signing in the club’s history by capturing former Serie A midfielder Danielle Mannini.

The 38-year-old made more than 200 appearances in the Italian top flight for Brescia, Napoli, Sampdoria and Siena.

And, his move to the Toolstation NCEL Division One newcomers, a real coup for the club, came about following a chance encounter.

Chairman Mark Smith has revealed that one morning he got chatting to a fellow dog walker, explaining: "He happened to say he played a bit of football in the past, I told him I was chairman of Beverley Town and he should get down to pre-season training.

"Little did I know he had over 200 appearances in Serie A under his belt!"

Subsequently, Mannini came down to training and fitted in really well, even scoring a fantastic free kick in a pre-season game.

First team manager Dave Ricardo could not quite believe it when Danielle arrived at training and spoke to him about his career.

Ricardo added: "Most managers and coaches at any level will always say there are one or two players that crop up in pre-season that you didn’t expect to become available - I think it can be safely said Dani for sure falls into this category!

"From a chance meeting walking his dog to signing for Beverley Town three weeks later, you can safely say this comes under Barry Fry's methods of transfer rather one of Pep [Guardiola]'s.

"I cannot speak highly enough of Dani's attitude, and his training and dedication have been first class.

"Dani can be a real inspiration for everyone involved at the club, it's not often you get someone who has played the amount of games Dani has done at a high level, never mind in Serie A.

"Anyone who was lucky enough to be at the Frickley Athletic friendly would have seen his undoubted quality and the people of Beverley will not want to miss him in action when the season starts.

"He has a lovely family who have settled in Beverley and, on behalf of the club, I welcome his in-laws, children and partner to the club, and I know the supporters will do the same."

The club say that the signing of Mannini could not have happened without support from both his company, Mr P Health, and Greenthumb Beverley.

(Story Source: Beverley Town)

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