Sebastian Svard has signed a one-month-deal with Wycombe Wanderers.
Arsenal fans, remember Sebastian Svard? Probably not, and why would you. As I was scrolling through the Sky Sports transfer news in this seasonal down-time I noticed his name, and remembered signing him for Hull City on Championship Manager in a bygone lifetime - and I could have sworn I snapped him up from The Gunners.
And I was right, Svard played for Arsenal for six years, joining in 2000 and leaving in 2006.
The versatile player never made a Premier League appearance for the club, but did play four times in cup competitions - including coming off the bench for the side against Manchester United in a 3-1 Community Shield win back in 2004.
During his time with the club he also spent time out on loan with the likes of Stoke City and Brondby before making a move to Portugal with Vitoria Guimares after that.
Since then he has been a journeyman player, often a spare part among the likes of Borussia Monchengladbach, Roda JC, Silkeborg and Syrianska as the Danish Under-21 internationals once promising looking career simply petered out.
His career, indeed, almost did do just that recently. His football life was almost curtailed after a series of injuries, and a mystery virus, ended his spell with Swedish side Syrianska in August.
But he is now ready for what it seems could be one last roll of the dice at professional football - and he is doing it right here, in the UK.
He has signed a one-month deal with Wycombe Wanderers, but he now refers to himself with his married name Cann-Svard - in which he will be hoping to prove his rehabilitation and earn a more prolonged stay at Adams Park.
Speaking of the move, Svard stated:
‘’It's great to be here and I'm happy to have signed a short-term deal. I've been out for a long time with a virus, but I'm back and healthy. I'm ready to play games, my match fitness is not 100% but that's improving. Training is good and tough and once I get my chance I will be alright."
It is a real gamble from The Chairboys, but it is also a really good acquisition.
Essentially, Svard has nothing to lose from the move, and either do Wycombe. They will hope he gets back to his best during his short-term deal, recover his fitness and become a regular in the team as they push for promotion to League One.
If not - he leaves when the contract expires, and must try to convince another club to give him a chance.
But we hope it works for him in Buckinghamshire.
Do you have any memories of Sebastian Svard?
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