Blue Square Bet
Published 2nd May 2012
....Premier champions Fleetwood Town over the past two seasons.
The 27-year-old Brazilian has made over 200 senior appearances and scored more than seventy times in a professional career that started with Wigan Athletic before taking in spells at Carlisle United, Barnet, Crawley Town, Wycombe Wanderers and Fleetwood.
Vieira said he was lured to Forest Green by the aspirations of a club that was fast developing a reputation as one of the most sought after destinations in the Conference Premier.
Vieira said: “What attracted me is the ambition of the chairman and the attitude of the manager, who seems to really rate me as a player.
“I’ve played against Forest Green over the past two years and I think they’ve improved loads. Hopefully I can help them improve further and add to what is already a good strike-force.
When asked what fans at The New Lawn can expect from him next season, Vieira was straight to the point: “They can expect goals. I’ve scored goals at every club I’ve been to.”
It’s a goal-scoring record that netted Vieira thirty-one goals in fifty-six starts for Fleetwood over the past two seasons.
“I enjoyed my two years with Fleetwood but felt it was the right time to move on and I think Forest Green is the right destination.”
Rovers` manager David Hockaday said Vieira had moved from Fleetwood on a free transfer and signed a three-year deal at The New Lawn. “This sends out a big message to the rest of the competition,” he said. “Vieira’s a top quality proven striker who’s been involved in a promotion winning team this year.
“This is a great bit of business for Forest Green Rovers and we’re really excited.”
Vieira’s arrival will bolster a Forest Green strike force that was hobbled by an injury to top marksman Reece Styche, who spent much of the season on the sideline.
That void was filled by influential midfielder Yan Klukowski, who scored eighteen goals from forty-five appearances in the league and the hardworking Matt Taylor, who hit ten goals from twenty-six starts.
Hockaday said the signing of Vieira, coupled with the return from injury by Styche who still managed to find the net eight times in just nine starts (with another seven appearances from the bench), will mean Rovers have a range of goalscoring threats next season.
“We now have a group of strikers and attacking midfielders that all offer something different, but they also have something in common – they can all score goals.”