Mirco Antenucci explains how two years at Leeds United has improved the physical side of his game

Leeds United's Mirco Antenucci celebrates scoring his sides first goal

The Italian headed home yesterday following his release by Leeds United.

Leeds United's Mirco Antenucci celebrates scoring his sides first goal

Yesterday saw Mirco Antenucci find himself a new team following his release from Leeds United.

The Italian striker was yesterday unveiled as a new player for Italian club SPAL 2013.

Speaking after the deal was completed Antenucci explained how he had other options, before explaining how his time in Yorkshire will hopefully have had some benefits to his game ahead of a season in Italy’s second-tier.

Leeds United's Mirco Antenucci celebrates scoring his sides first goal

He is quoted by Estense as stating:

"Thank you all for your warm welcome, I did not expect anything like this.

“I had other offers in Italy and in England but the warm reception I have received shows I made the right choice.

Leeds United's Mirco Antenucci has his shot saved by Fulham's Marcus Bettinelli

“I have not yet talked tactics with (SPAL manager, Leonardo) Semplici, I see myself as a first point of movement and I think the last two years playing in the English second division have toughened me especially from a physical point of view. "

Antenucci certainly impressed during his time at Leeds United, even if he spent a lot of time coming off of the bench.

The Italian is a natural finisher with excellent game intelligence and he always seemed to have a good rapport with the fans.

Mirco Antenucci celebrates after scoring the first goal for Leeds from the penalty spot

Now he will be hoping to earn SPAL, who were promoted from the Italian third-tier last season, a solid campaign back in the second-tier with perhaps even outside hopes of a place in the Serie A promotion play-offs.

Antenucci, known for his trademark beard, scored 19 goals in his two seasons in Yorkshire, and Leeds fans have mostly been wishing him well at his new club since the deal was announced yesterday.

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