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Thursday, 17 April 2014

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New signing Bugno praises Carlisle Utd's 'great' fans

Italian left-back Alessio Bugno hopes the way Carlisle United supporters have immediately taken him to their hearts will help him become a star signing.

Alessio Bugno photo
Alessio Bugno

The 22-year-old has quickly become a fans’ favourite after some impressive displays following his arrival on trial.

United boss Greg Abbott rewarded the former Monza player with a two-year deal, and hopes are high Bugno could turn out to be another star find like Francois Zoko.

The son of former Tour de France star Gianni Bugno has earned ovations on both his Brunton Park appearances in friendlies against St Mirren and Middlesbrough, and he today revealed the response from fans helped to convince him he has made the right move.

“It is a good thing that they have taken to me because I need some help as I’m from another country,” said Bugno.

“It was very nice how they responded to me. I feel very comfortable here and I think that will help me to do well.

“It was very nice playing at Brunton Park. The pitch is wonderful and the fans are great.

“The other players are helping me and I think I will settle in very quickly.”

Despite some eye-catching displays in friendlies, Bugno insists he is far from the finished article, but the attacking full-back believes Abbott will turn him into a better player.

With regular left-back Matty Robson being deployed as a winger this summer, the Italian recruit has a great chance to make a bid for a regular starting place.

The club is still waiting for international clearance so he can make his debut in Saturday’s Capital One Cup tie at home to Accrington Stanley.

Bugno said: “Everything has gone well and I’m happy to stay here. I want to do great things here for the team.

“Signing the contract is only the start. Now I have a contract I need to try to do my best and help the team.

“I just showed what I can do while I was on trial and thankfully it was enough. I need to improve in everything. I’m here to improve and the manager and other players will help me to do this.

“They can expect me to be very professional and I try to attack so I don’t have to defend.

“The manager says I’ve done well so far but now I need to improve in everything. That is what I also want.

“I’ll try to do my best to get a place. The team has to come first and that’s no problem for me.

“As long as Carlisle win and do well.

“England is the best place to play football and now I am in the best country for football, but I need to do a lot of work off the pitch.”

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