Maccabi Tel Aviv's new goalkeeper Tomer Chencinski has signed a two and a half year deal with the club, with the option of an additional year. He's already joined the team for a morning training

Tomer Chencinski, the 28 year old Canadian born Israeli, has signed a two and a half year contract with Maccabi Tel Aviv, with an option for an additional year. The goalkeeper agreed the deal last week-end and also found time to pass a medical. The almost two metre tall Chencinski, who was born in Tel Aviv before moving with his family to Canada, arrives at Maccabi Tel Aviv from Swedish side Örebro SK. After signing he had this to say to the Official Maccabi Tel Aviv website: "I'm really happy to sign for a big club like Maccabi Tel Aviv. I was born here in Israel, in Bat Yam, and lived here until I was eight so I know exactly how big the club is. It wasn't easy to follow the club from abroad but the name Maccabi Tel Aviv is known everywhere."

"About four or five years ago I trained for two weeks with (goalkeeping coach) Shura Ubarov just to stay in shape and I'm really looking forward to working with him again, as well as with the other goalkeepers, Vincent Enyeama and Barak Levi. Everywhere I've played I've always given it my all, maybe even more, and I certainly have no intention of changing that routine here. I knew the season would be ending in Sweden by mid-November but I'd have to stay in form back in Canada, even with the temperature dropping below zero. I'm very keen to start working and meet my new teammates at the club."

And that's exactly what he did, at a training session held this morning after last night's 6-2 thrashing of Hapoal Haifa. The players who spent all 90 minutes on the pitch had a light training, the rest of the squad held a full practice. Roberto Coulatti, recovering from injury, trained on the sidelines.