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Wednesday, 28 March, 2001, 17:37 GMT 18:37 UK
Killie swoop for Spanish duo
Jesus San Juan has joined up at Rugby Park
Jesus San Juan has joined up at Rugby Park
Kilmarnock have signed two of the Airdrie foreign legion left high and dry in Scotland by the demise of Steve Archibald's bid to take over the First Division club.

Midfielders Jesus San Juan and Antonio Calderon have been brought in to fill the gap left by Gary Holt's 100,000 switch to Norwich last week.

The pair both became out of contract after would-be Airdrie owner Archibald was sacked as manager by liquidators KPMG. A new consortium has since taken over with an entirely new team.

That left the squad of imports brought over by Archibald in the summer surplus to requirements and Killie boss Bobby Williamson was quick to make his move having already been impressed by the pair in friendly matches against his side.

He said: "I am very pleased to sign such experienced and talented players.

Fresh faces

They have shown by their performances this season that they have adapted well to the Scottish game.

"With the departure of Gary Holt these lads will give us extra options in various positions."

Calderon during his Airdrie days
Calderon during his Airdrie days
San Juan played for Real Zaragoza in the 1995 Uefa Cup final against Arsenal, a match still remembered for Nayim's long-range lob over David Seaman which gave his side a 2-1 win.

San Juan, 29, has signed a three-year deal and Calderon, 33, has agreed a two-year stint.

Williamson said: "We played against them four times in bounce games and I know they are more than capable of playing in the Premier League.

"We have lost Holt, and Ian Durrant for a while, so it is good to get in some fresh faces."


Calderon said he was sorry to leave Airdrie, who suffered a 6-0 hammering at Alloa last night under the new regime.

He said: "We are all sorry about the Airdrie situation but I am obviously delighted to make the step up to the Premier League.

"I am a great admirer of the Killie style. We have played against Killie a few times this season and I know I will fit into the way they play."

San Juan added: "It has been very enjoyable playing in this country and I am very pleased to be able to continue."

The pair have the chance of a double debut on Saturday when the Ayrshiremen travel to Dundee in the Scottish Premier League.

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