AARON Burns has already had a "jaw-dropping" effect on his new FC United team-mates - even before he makes his debut against Wakefield at Gigg Lane tomorrow (3pm).
The Rebels have landed the man, who was United reserves' top scorer last season, until January - when he is expected to be snapped up by a Football League club.
FC have taken advantage of FA rules, which dictate Burns cannot play above UniBond League level until the transfer window re-opens, after a mix-up over his registration, and are hoping he gets international clearance in time to play.
The Northern Moor-born striker, who netted seven times in 18 games for United last term before being released in the summer, spent the close-season playing for Afurelding in Iceland before being picked up by Cardiff.
But the signings of Robbie Fowler and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink left him out in the cold - though the Bluebirds still own his registration.
The 19-year-old said: "Sir Alex said to me in May that with the new signings it might be better for me to build a League career elsewhere, but now, because of the contractual restriction, I can't do that until January."