Gerardo Bruna signs for Accrington Stanley

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The man once dubbed as the "Next Messi" has joined League Two side Accrington Stanley on a short-term deal for the rest of the 2014/15 campaign.

Gerardo Bruna, 24, has put pen to paper on a deal to keep him at the Crown Ground until the end of the season, reports BBC Sport.

Not fulfilled his potential 

Bruna has not quite fulfilled the potential that many had predicted and has found himself playing for Whitehawk in Conference South this season despite being a huge prospect at Liverpool and Real Madrid where he spent five years in the Bernabéu youth set up.

Liverpool did not keep Bruna on their books but instead decided to include him and Tom Ince in the Charlie Adam deal which saw the two Liverpool players depart for Bloomfield Road.

The progress of the pair could not be any more different, as Ince shone and became a fan favourite, Bruna was limited to just four appearances in the space of two years before being released in 2013.

He returned to Spain with Huesca but only managing a single goal in 14 appearances. After just a year in Spain, he returned again to England with Tranmere but a succession of injuries saw him on a month to month contract and not play for the first team.

Signing for Whitehawk was described as "a massive coup" for Whitehawk due to his history with Real Madrid and Liverpool. 

Fitness problems

Bruna has been criticised at several clubs for his fitness problems. Most recently at Tranmere, Bruna was subject to several behind doors fitness tests to quash rumours stating he was unfit.

However, during his time at Blackpool there were strong rumours that he struggled in training as "his legs hurt when he would run", very strange for a footballer.

Bruna will be hoping that these rumours will not reappear and he can keep himself fit and free of injury for the rest of the season for Stanley.

Coleman optimistic 

Despite the problems surrounding bruna's career, Coleman is more than happy to give him a chance in League Two. Coleman stated: "He's a lad with a lot of potential. It's an opportunity for him to play football again and the circumstances have made it a good fit for both of us. Hopefully he can reignite his career with us and go onto good things.

"I can't remember us having too many players who have come to us through the Real Madrid - Liverpool route so his pedigree is not in question. It's an opportunity for both parties and we're hoping it works out well.

"He's a wide player with superb delivery and hopefully he can show us that in games and we can get people on the end of those deliveries."

Accrington Stanley
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