ARGENTINA, England, Guatemala, USA, Romania, Czech Republic, Australia, New Zealand, Greece, Scotland and now Wales.

No, it’s not the itinerary for Michael Palin’s next travel programme but a list of countries the JD Cymru Premier’s latest foreign signing has played football in.

Globetrotter Ignacio Giampaoli, 29, from Tucuman in northern Argentina, has signed a pre-contract deal with Cefn Druids and is set to pull on the jersey for the first time in January.

Currently residing in Manchester with Argentinean girlfriend Fiorella, Giampaoli can’t wait to get stuck in and try and help his new club stay in the top tier of Welsh football.

It’s been an incredibly difficult time for the Druids this season, with Andy Turner still acting as interim manager following the departure of Niall McGuinness in late September.

The Druids currently prop up the table after earning just two points out of a possible 42, although they will hope to break their duck on Saturday when one-from-bottom Cardiff Met visit The Rock.

So, how did the man nicknamed ‘Colo’ on account of his ginger hair – the term comes from colorado, which means coloured red in Spanish – end up at the Ancients.

“Last year, I was going to sign for MyPa, the club from Finland that played against Cefn Druids in the Europa League about 10 years ago,” he said.

“I knew a little bit about the Welsh Premier League, the clubs and the style of football.

“I have a few friends from Manchester who I met while playing in Greece, and they told me to come and see the UK.

“I know this is where football started and there are lots of clubs across the country, so I started to study the leagues and the rules for foreigners.

“I saw Cefn Druids were looking for players, got in touch with Andy Turner, and he gave me the opportunity to come and train.

“It was my first time in Wales, and it’s been really good so far, the people are very nice. It looks like a really different culture to Argentina but that’s something I need to learn more about.

“I haven’t seen much of the country yet but I do know the people are extremely passionate about football, like in Argentina.

“Rugby is becoming more popular in Argentina and the people there know Wales has a great national team.

“People in Argentina started becoming more aware of Welsh football because of Gareth Bale.”

After starting to play football at the age of five, he joined local club San Martin de Tucuman, who currently play in the second division of the Argentine league system.

In 2013, ‘Colo’ headed to Dorset to spend time under Lee Bradbury with Bournemouth U21s, before heading back to his homeland.

There then followed spells with Deportivo Iztapa (Guatemala), IMG Academy, LA Galaxy II and Golden State Force (USA), Academica Clinceni (Romania), Pisek (Czech Republic), Panachaiki Patras and Aris Archangelos (Greece), Weston Workers and Devonport City (Australia), Hamilton Wanderers (New Zealand) and Fort William (Scotland).

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Giampaoli, right, in action for Weston Workers in Australia's second tier

“My career has been all over the place,” he said. “I can’t complain about the travelling, I really enjoy it, and I’m still pushing myself to go higher in the game.

“I would like to go back to Argentina one day and play, but it’s not the right time to be there with the political issues the country is going through.

“I know football careers are very short so I want to make the most of it.”

The attacking midfielder has impressed in training while the Druids wait for his international clearance and registration to be approved.

When asked what he knows about the Cymru Premier, he said: “There is good exposure for the players and you get the chance to travel around the country.

“I’ve been following the Druids and tried to watch the teams at the top of the table to see what the standard is like.

“It’s a very competitive and physical league, and there are quite a few players with experience of being at clubs high up the English system.”

He added: “The club’s position in the league is on my mind. The priority for us is to keep the club in the league.”