SPAL manager Leonardo Semplici has told the Italian media signing players like Mirco Antenucci has helped in the club’s success this season. Antenucci was released by Leeds United in May, and was snapped up by the Serie B leaders.

Speaking to TMW, Semplici was asked whether the big signings he made in the summer are a reason for their surprise push for promotion. The SPAL boss said players like Antenucci have been key in helping them adapt to Serie B due to their experience playing at this level. Semplici revealed their objective was to consolidate their place in the league, but with the right players they’ve achieved greater success.

“Exactly. We took Antenucci, Schiattarella and Arini who got us into the habit of playing in this league. We needed the right mix to do well, we aimed for salvation, but we grew and the work is paying off,” said the SPAL boss.

The 32-year-old wasn’t given a new contract with Leeds United at the end of last season, which led to a number of Italian clubs fighting to get the player. The forward spent two seasons at Leeds United, and was the top scorer in his first year at the club

Since leaving Leeds United Antenucci has been key for SPAL, and he could soon realise his dream of playing in Serie A.