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Swansea manager John Hollins
"It's an exciting time at the club."
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Wednesday, 25 July, 2001, 19:46 GMT 20:46 UK
French striker joins Swansea
The Vetch
Swansea will have three new faces at the Vetch
Swansea City manager John Hollins believes new signing Mamady Sidibe is the striker he has also been searching for.

The 22-year-old, 6ft 4in Frenchman has been given a 12-month contract with the Swans after impressing during a trial period.

He scored in a friendly match against Aberystwyth and set up another against Newport County.

And Hollins believes Sidibe can develop into a top-class centre forward that will terrorise defenders next season.

"As far as his attributes are concerned, he's fearless," Hollins said.

"Being big he can hang in the air, but he's also useful on the floor, and for a big man, he's very good, and quick with his feet.

"He is a little raw, but I feel we can get the best out of him."

Sidibe, already nicknamed Big Mama by the Swansea fans, is the club's third signing of the summer.

He joins fellow trialist Nicolas Mazzina and John Williams.

Argentines Mercos Lencina and Diego Ordonez are heading home, but Australian full-back David Arranz will stay in Swansea a little longer.

Hollins added: "This is an exciting time for the club."

See also:

23 Jul 01 |  Swansea City
Swansea seal second signing
22 Jul 01 |  Swansea City
Mazzina saves Swansea
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