Nacho Novo 'too good to turn down' says Glentoran boss Alan Kernaghan
Alan Kernaghan has revealed that he had to make sure he wasn't about to become the victim of an elaborate wind up when he was offered the chance to sign Nacho Novo.
Now, after a crazy few days for the Glentoran manager, his priority is to get the former Rangers favourite match fit in time to face Dungannon Swifts in next Saturday's Danske Bank Premiership opener.
"When the call came I was a wee bit like 'Really?'," admitted the Oval boss.
"Straight away I spoke to a couple of people at Rangers, like the ex-physio who told me that he had no injury record and that his character was good.
"I met him on Sunday, we had a good chat and since then it's been all about trying to get it over the line."
Behind the scenes endeavours of the chairman and board members helped put together the necessary financial package to make the deal happen.
After also signing Aaron Smyth, Stephen O'Flynn, Aaron Harmon, Ross Redman and James Ferrin, Kernaghan is happy that Novo will be his last signing of the summer, even with more than a month to go before the transfer window closes.
"I am very excited to be able to sign such a player," said Kernaghan.
"We have looked decent up to now in pre-season, the players all came back in good spirits and the few games that we have had have gone well - this is the icing on the cake for us.
"It's been a good summer. We have worked hard and got what we wanted.
"That's definitely our business done now though."
Novo's first away game for the Glens, which will be against Cliftonville on Wednesday August 10, has been declared all-ticket.