Official: Movistar Riders sign JUST
The Riders looked to their Iberian neighbors for reinforcements ahead of the fall season.
The 27-year-old will become the first Portuguese player to don the blue jersey since Christopher "MUTiRiS" Fernandes did so during his four month stint with the Spanish team in 2018.
JUST's addition will also mark the first time a foreign player joins Movistar Riders' ranks since the team went back to a full Spanish lineup in 2021. At the time Raúl "DeathZz" Jordán Nieto, Alvaro "SunPayus" Garcia and David "dav1g" Granado Bermudo joined the team following an international period which saw players like Lucas "steel" Lopes and Owen "smooya" Butterfield join the jinetes.
The incoming rifler will take the place of Pere "sausol" Solsona Saumell in the starting five, which is a bold move as the Spaniard was only brought on in October. A much anticipated signing when he came on in 2022, the 23-year-old did not manage to adapt to the squad. He does, however, leave with an ESL Challenger Melbourne to his name.
JUST was a founding member of SAW when the organization was created in January of 2020, but was moved to the bench in April after a shakeup ended up with him out of the starting five and Omar "arki" Chakkor removed as head coach after a poor showing at ESL Pro League and failing to make the Major.
Movistar Riders are:
Galder "bladE" Barcena (coach)