[media-credit name=”Pic: Andy Buist” align=”alignleft” width=”240″][/media-credit]Having spent a short period away from the game due to illness, the midfielder’s return to top flight football immediately attracted the interest of City head coach Eddie Wolecki Black.
He said: “The signing of Danni came about due to our injury problems at the club. We have suffered numerous long term injuries over the course of the past year or so and sadly we have also inherited a few players who have joined us not 100% fit.
“With Europe looming I knew we did not have either the depth or quality within the club at the moment to replace the injured players. With this is mind we identified several targets and I immediately contacted the clubs concerned to request permission. I have to say that Spartans showed they are a top club, as despite their own disappointment they dealt with our request in a confidential and highly creditable manner, and for that I would like to personally thank all involved.
On losing Pagliarulo to title rivals Glasgow City, Spartans spokesperson Edmund Brown commented: “Danni Pagliarulo has been a Spartan since the club was created from the amalgamation of Edinburgh Ladies and Royal High Thistle back in 2008 and even though she was away from the game for three years due to illness, she fitted back into the club in January as if she had never been away.
“Danni was a fantastic player to have both on and off the field as not only did she help the younger players but because she was a bubbly character she helped all the players stay positive no matter the result.
“Danni’s playing style will also be sorely missed as you could quite easily see her skill, stamina and sharpness returning with every game she played. Her recent displays against Hibs and the friendly against Newcastle showed her ability to control a game with her grit, determination and her amazing passing ability.
“It is therefore no surprise to see a club like Glasgow City coming in to sign her and we wish her all the best with her new club. Playing for City will be a great challenge for Danni and we will look forward to seeing her take on the best players throughout Europe as part of the their Champions league squad.”
After signing for City, Pagliarulo said: “After what’s happened over the past couple of years, I never would have thought I would be playing for Glasgow City and have the chance to play in Europe. It was a very hard decision leaving Spartans, but they were very understanding and told me to follow my dream.
“I’m excited at the prospect of working under Eddie and feel he is more than capable of getting me back to my best. I’m feeling stronger each day and I know it won’t be long until this happens, as the standard and attitude of the girls is already playing a massive part.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Spartans as a club for everything they have done and thank Eddie and Glasgow City for believing in me and giving me this great opportunity to progress and succeed.”
Despite the injury list in the squad, and with Pagliarulo having her own fitness worries, City coach Eddie Wolecki Black added: “As a club we are well aware that Danni is on the long road back to full recovery and we hope she continues the tremendous progress that she has made to date. She has now had a few training sessions and played a part of training game already and I am convinced she will prove to be a great signing for us over the coming months. Technically she fits into our system and she has shown a great desire to learn very quickly how we play. I would like to wish Danni all the best and hope she can help us remain competitive.”
The midfielder goes straight into City’s squad for their SWPL League match against Forfar on Sunday and will be part of the City squad who travel to play in the UEFA Women’s Champions League on the 9th August.