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Rusnak is special talent - Johnson

30 August 2013

Manager on his latest signing

Lee Johnson has moved quickly to replace Jose Baxter by capturing Albert Rusnak on loan from Manchester City.

Latics' manager believes the 19-year-old will become a hit during his half season at Boundary Park.

Johnson saw former Slovakian under-18 captain Rusnak score twice for Manchester City's Elite Development Squad in Bank Holiday Monday's 3-0 victory against Everton.

He said: "I have watched Albert play for Manchester City under-21's on five or six occasions and have always liked him.

"We had Jose who played a similar role, but when interest hotted up in Jose, I went to City and asked if one of their special talents was available."

Johnson added he is looking forward to working with Rusnak.

He continued: "As a young coach, I am really excited to be part of this lad's overall development.

"He is very good on the ball, in one-on-one situations and can also spot a pass."

Johnson pointed out it won't be easy for Rusnak who has yet to play any League football.

He explained: "It won't be easy for Albert moving into League One and into an environment when he is used to playing a different way.

"He has to adjust to the hustle and bustle of this level which he won't be used to. I am sure he will do so and find it home from home here and for effective for us."

Johnson has also been impressed with Rusnak's desire to sign on loan for Latics.

He concluded: "Albert showed a fantastic willing to join us.

"He is keen to play in the Football League and in front of  crowds as he continues his development."

* Keep logging on to hear what Rusnak has to say about his move.

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