Today it was announced SPAL forward Mirco Antenucci has committed himself to the Serie A club until June 2020.

Antenucci joined SPAL after being released by Leeds United in 2016, and after helping them to promotion last season the veteran is fast becoming the Italian side’s key player.

The 33 year old was instrumental in SPAL’s promotion to Serie A last season, but there were concerns he wasn’t up to playing in the Italian top flight, leading to reports he could remain in Serie B.

SPAL bolstered their attacking options in the summer, and it was expected Antenucci would struggle to get games, but the former Elland Road favourite has seen off the competition.

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Antenucci is SPAL’s top scorer this season, and has also provided the most assists for his team report TMW.

TMW say his two year contract extension is a ‘deserved reward’, and the player looks key if SPAL are to remain in Serie A.

Antenucci left Italian football to sign for Leeds United in 2014, despite his desire to play in Serie A. The striker had success in his first season at Leeds when he was the top scorer at the club, but he was in and out of the team in the next campaign.

Former Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino didn’t offer Antenucci a new deal, and he left Elland Road club before his contract expired.

However, given Leeds United’s problems in attack this season the player could still have been a useful member of the squad given his performances in the Italian top flight.