Thistle moved swiftly this evening to secure the services, on a two year contract, of Gabriel Rojo de la Vega Piccolo who played as a trialist in this afternoon’s friendly with AEL Limassol.
The 23 year old Mexican central defender, better known simply as Gabriel, arrived in Scotland last week and in addition to playing against Limassol today also featured in a closed door game with Cowdenbeath and clearly caught the eye of manager Alan Archibald.
Although Mexican, Gabriel holds an Italian passport so there is no issue with regard to a work permit.
Gariel began his career in Mexico with his hometown Club; Club América before moving to Atlante UTN where he made his professional debut.
In January 2012 he moved to Europe when he signed for Spanish side CD Dénia who played then in the 3rd tier of Spanish football. In August of that year, however, Gabriel signed for Rayo Vallecano and was assigned to their B team, making 26 appearances and scoring 3 goals last season.