Ex-Liverpool defender Connor Randall has completed a move to Bulgarian side Arda Kardzhali.
Since being released by the Reds after 17 years with the club, Randall has been a free agent. The 23-year-old defender has ended his stint without a club by penning a two-year contract with the Bulgarian side who won promotion to the top flight last season.
According to the Liverpool Echo Arda Kardzhali are bankrolled by Bulgarian road company PSI who have led the team to successive promotions since their takeover in 2017.
During his time at Liverpool, Randall made eight appearances for the club, the last of which came in a FA Cup defeat to Wolves in January 2017.
He also enjoyed a successful loan spell with Hearts in the Scottish Premier League where he made 27 appearances.
This move is undoubtedly a strange one from the Scouse defender; a move that asks more questions than it answers about Randall’s career.
The Bulgarian side are clearly well backed and aspire to be at the best team in the country. The question remains how they have sold a young player like Randall on that vision.
A young, talented, Liverpool Academy graduate, it is difficult to believe that Randall didn’t have offers to stay in England at a respectable level. However, the young wing-back has lacked playing time since ending his stint in the Scottish Premiership with Hearts.
A fractured cheek bone cut short his latest loan spell at Rochdale United after only three appearances for the club.
Whether it is money, game-time or the experience that has lured Randall to Bulgaria remains a mystery. We wish him well as he begins his new journey.