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Ħamrun Spartans sign defender Christian Rutjens

Ħamrun Spartans have announced the signing of Spanish defender Christian Rutjens.

The Spartans have been looking to bring in a defensive reinforcement during the January transfer window in a bid to add more depth and quality to their backline ahead of the title run-in.

Rutjens is not a new face to Maltese football as the 25-year-old made a name for himself in the Maltese Premier League a couple of seasons ago when he joined Floriana.

The powerful defender, in fact, installed himself as a regular member of the Floriana line-up under the charge of former coach Gianluca Atzori during season 2021-22.

In that campaign, Rutjens helped the club to finish second in the Premier League, behind Hibernians, and win the FA Trophy when they beat arch rivals Valletta.

Rutjens spent several years in Italy and made his debut in the Italian Serie A with Benevento against Chievo during season 2017-18.

After leaving Floriana, Rutjens returned to Italy and joined Foggia before leaving in the summer where he joined Romanian second division club Chindia.

At Ħamrun Spartans, Rutjens is like to play a key part for the Malta champions in their bid to not only successfully defend their Premier League title but also try to end a 30-year wait and lift the FA Trophy.

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