A NEW HERO: Celio Santos joins the Kirin

MTUTD: Official club news

SCG Muangthong United today announce the signing of Brazilian defender Celio Ferreira dos Santos, or 'Celio'.

The 29 year old central defender comes to the Kirin from Ulsan Hyundai of Korea's top level, the K-League. Celio, at 1.9 meters and over 80KG, will add considerable power and presence to the Kirin's defensive line. He's expected to provide support to the centre back role as necessary given the busy season in the AFC Champions League.

Celio's move from Ulsan Hyundai will have additional significance soon as just yesterday the Ulsan qualified for the AFC Champions group stage. This means SCG Muangthong United will play Ulsan Hyundai, away on March 14th, and then at home on April 12th.

Said Celio, "I am happy to be able to show my quality, in all matches, but especially when we meet with Ulsan. Thank you to SCG Muangthong United, I will do my best for team. The players have been very friendly with me, and I am very happy to be here."

Celio has already begun training sessions with the Kirin, and possible will be ready to make his appearance at the home opening match of the season, Friday February 19th, when Sukhothai F.C. visits the SCG Stadium.

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