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Family ties lured Lanzoni

Matteo Lanzoni admits the Johnson factor played a major part in his decision to join Yeovil Town after severing ties with Oldham Athletic.

Having snubbed the offer of a new contract at Boundary Park, Lanzoni became a free agent in December.

He had several options to consider, having caught the eye in League One, and was not expected to be without a club for long.

That proved to be the case, with Yeovil boss Gary Johnson - on the advice of his son Lee, who is manager at Oldham - luring the Italian defender to Huish Park on an 18-month deal.

Lanzoni told the Western Gazette on his decision to keep things 'in the family': "They are similar managers. Lee Johnson is a good manager and he may not be experienced but he is good at what he does, even though it is only his first years in the dugout.

"He is like his dad and I am happy to stay in the family. It helped me come here.

"When my contract at Oldham finished there were other chances, opportunities and teams for me to choose.

"But I am happy to have joined Yeovil because it is a good experience for me and I get to play in the Championship.

"I am happy now because I am a better player because of it and Lee Johnson helped me get to know the Yeovil way. I am happy that I chose this team over the others."

Lanzoni has been eased into Championship life by Johnson senior, with the 25-year-old acknowledging that he and his fellow squad members have to continue working hard if they are to grace the second tier next season.

He added of his step up from League One: "It is tough and the games are much quicker, with more contact and more quality.

"But I think this will be a good season for us and I hope we can save the season by avoiding relegation.

"At the moment I am working very hard to be ready when the gaffer calls me. I hope that arrives very soon.

"It is a big chance for me and I hope that I will be ready for that. I will do my maximum and my best for the team as we look to stay in this division for another season."