Defender Daniil Penchikov has signed a deal with Nizhny Novgorod. The club will make their Premier League debut next season.
The 23-year-old is a Zenit St. Petersburg graduate. He played for Zenit's youth side, as well as for Zenit-2.
Last season, Penchikov made 23 Football National League appearances for Tom Tomsk, scoring 2 goals.
"I really liked the team, it was easy for me to get along with the teammates.
"I used to work under Alexander Kerzhakov's coaching staff at Tom. The coaches quickly explained that the Premier League is about different speeds and we'll have to be faster, smarter and more accurate.
"We often have tactical training sessions but we never forget about fitness preparation too. We need to be at our best shortly before the season begins," Penchikov has told the media.