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Former Hearts midfielder Ruben Palazuelos is living a dream by playing for Yeovil Town in the Sky Bet Championship

By WGSweet  |  Posted: March 09, 2014

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Ruben Palazuelos and Luke Ayling celebrate victory over Sheffield Wednesday. Picture by Gary Day/Pinnacle

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MIDFIELDER Ruben Palazuelos admits he is living out a dream by playing for Yeovil Town in the Sky Bet Championship.

The Spaniard signed a contract with the Glovers last month having impressed manager Gary Johnson during a trial following his release from Finnish outfit FC Honka.

He made his debut in last week’s remarkable draw at Reading, coming off the bench to help fill a depleted line-up struck by three red cards.

Although thrown in at the deep end, former the experienced former Hearts man relished the challenge having previously turned down offers elsewhere to join Gary Johnson’s men.

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Palazuelos said: “The football in Scotland is similar to here, it’s very fast and the play goes forward all the time.

“I decide to come here even though I had other offers elsewhere because my dream was to play in England. The Championship is a very good level for me, with very good teams to play against such as Bolton Wanderers, QPR and Reading.

“There are many good teams and to be so close to the Premier League is the best. It is a massive move for me and I hope it will go well for me. But first, I want Yeovil to stay in the Championship.

“I enjoyed my debut and played 30 minutes in a difficult situation. It was a crazy game and the first time in my career we finished with eight men on the field.

“I think we get an important point and with eight men on the field I thought we defended very well, staying compact and strong.

“All the boys showed a good attitude so it was a very good point and now we can fare good in very important games in the future. I hope we start to win again.

“I just had to think about the game. The goal and the defence were very solid and the defence together helped each other.

“I think everybody can see with the defence that they’re very good with crosses, corners and everything in difficult situations. It was very important to come away with what we did.”

Along with Italian Matteo Lanzoni, Palazuelos has added a distinct Mediterranean feel to the Huish Park dressing room.

Despite the difference in culture, Palazuelos said life had started well in South Somerset, adding: “It’s no problem. Football now is like that, all the players help me, they’re very good boys on the pitch and off the pitch.

“Everybody can see at training that we enjoy that and enjoy the games. In training we play hard and we enjoy, it’s a very good group.

“I feel good. I’ve been here three or four weeks, training has been good with good people and players in the team.

“I hope now maybe I can start to play more, but for me what is important is always the team. We have a massive game against Sheffield Wednesday

“It doesn’t matter who plays, the important thing is getting the three points. I’m happy to play for Yeovil in the Championship when I am needed.”

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