“I’m really excited, I see the football there is growing really fast in Canada and I think I can bring something different and some Brazilian blood and try to put on a show and bring victories and goals,” Morelli said.
Juninho, a former Middlesbrough player and a 2002 World Cup winner with Brazil, saw Morelli’s potential with Sao Paulo’s Ituano FC, a club he owned when Morelli was a teenager. The Brazilian legend arranged for the then-18-year-old’s move to Middlesbrough in 2015. He went on to make 26 appearances with their under-23s side.
Santos came through famed Brazilian club Internacional, and is signing for Halifax after two seasons in the Georgian Premier League, where he made 39 appearances for FC Dila Gori at centre back and left fullback. Santos, who also appeared for Ukrainian top-flight side FC Mariupol, signed his first professional deal with Internacional as a 16-year-old and won the under-15 Copa America with Brazil in 2013.
“I feel very happy, I want good things to happen for the team and I think the league can be a very strong league and I really want to play my best,” Santos said.