McAnuff is Back

McAnuff is Back

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Leyton Orient have confirmed that Jobi McAnuff has rejoined the club on a one-year deal. The 35-year-old was a free agent after leaving Stevenage at the end of last season.

 

Jobi McAnuff

Age: 35

Born: Edmonton, England

Height: 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in )

Career Apps: 669

Goals: 63

O’s Apps: 57

O’s Goals: 6

 

The Edmonton-born winger began his career with Wimbledon, making his senior debut in August 2001. Over three seasons he made a total of 104 appearances for the Dons, scoring 15 goals.

In January 2004 McAnuff joined West Ham, however his spell with the Hammers was short lived as he made just 14 appearances before joining Cardiff in August 2004. He scored three goals in 48 games during his single season with the Bluebirds.

In May 2005, then Crystal Palace boss Ian Dowie signed McAnuff . During his first season at the club he enjoyed his best form in front of goal, scoring 8 goals in 47 games. In the following year he played 36 times.

In June 2007 Watford paid £1.75million to bring McAnuff to Vicarage Road. He was a regular in the side during his first two seasons, making 88 appearances during that time.  His first year with Watford ended in a play-off semi-final defeat to Hull. The midfielder began the 2009/10 with Watford, but he made just 4 appearances before joining Reading at the end of August.

After a solid first season with Reading, McAnuff played a significant part in the club’s 2010/11 campaign that saw them reach the Championship Play-Off final. After a stalemate during the first leg of the semi-finals, MacAnuff wrapped up a 3-0 win against his former side Cardiff City by scoring in the 84th minute. He had a hand in both of the Royals goals in the final, but Swansea were promoted to the Premier League with a 4-2 win.

In July 2011 McAnuff was awarded the captaincy at Reading. After 42 appearances during 2011/12; in which he provided 11 assists; he lifted the Championship title at the end of the season as Reading claimed top spot.

As captain, McAnuff continued to feature regularly during Reading’s Premier League season in 2012/13, providing 7 assists in the top flight. However the Royals were relegated back to the Championship after finishing 19th, 11 points adrift from safety.

McAnuff then played 35 games as Reading finished just a point outside the play-off places in the Championship.  He played on the left wing for the majority of 2013/14. After five years and 206 appearances, he left Reading in May 2014 as his contract came to an end.

In July 2014, Russell Slade signed Jobi for the O’s on a two-year contract. Despite being frozen out by the hierarchy at Brisbane Road for a period, McAnuff managed to make 57 appearances for Orient, scoring six goals during his two seasons at the club. The winger’s contract expires in May 2016.

In the summer of 2016, McAnuff had a trial with North American Soccer League side Minnesota United.

In July 2016, Jobi signed for Stevenage. Last term, he made 33 appearances for the Boro, scoring four goals as Stevenage finished tenth in League Two.

McAnuff has also featured on the international stage, having won 32 caps for Jamaica. He was included in the Reggae Boyz’s squad for Copa América Centenario in 2016. Jobi’s last international call up was in August 2016.

 

Jobi is the tenth new addition of the summer and he will add further experience to the Steve Davis’ squad.

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