Farsley Celtic have completed the signing of Slovenian U21 international goalkeeper Žan-Luk Leban on a season-long loan from Premier League side Everton.
Leban appeared for The Celts in pre-season against York City and impressed the management team with his ability and attitude in that game as well as the subsequent training sessions.
Chairman Paul Barthorpe commented on the arrival of Leban, saying: “We need strong competition across the entire squad for places in the first team.
“The fact we are looking at players of the highest standard and pedigree by exploring opportunities at Premier League teams shows how far we have come in terms of our ambition, and determination to progress.
“I know [director of football] Pav Singh has been working particularly hard to get this one over the line, and it’s a real signal of intent for our ambition.”
Leban is one of four new signings for The Celts which have been announced on the eve of the new National League North season.
With Farsley defenders Issac Assenso and Lewis Turner suffering ongoing injuries, The Celts have brought in two young defenders in loanee Mason Wilson from Harrogate Town, and Harry Sheridan in a permanent deal from Trafford FC.
They have also added versatile forward Isaac Robinson on loan from Bradford City’s youth setup.
Farsley Celtic kick off their season tomorrow (Saturday) with a trip to the West Midlands new-boys Rushall Olympic.