O’s Bring In Boco

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Leyton Orient have confirmed that Romauld Boco has joined the club on a two-year deal. The 32-year-old midfielder was a free agent after leaving Accrington Stanley. Primarily an attacking midfielder, Boco can operate in a number of midfield roles.

 

[textmarker color=”E00202″ type=”background color”]Romauld Boco[/textmarker]

Age: 32

Born: Bernay, France

Height: 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in )

Career Apps: 371

Goals: 32

 

Born in Bernay, France, Romy Boco began his career with Ligue 2 side Chamois Niortais. Boco made two senior appearances for Les chamois before moving to England.

In the summer of 2005, Romauld signed for Accrington Stanley. In his first season with the club, he scored 4 goals in 31 appearances as Stanley secured promotion to League Two by winning the Conference Title.

Boco scored Stanley’s first league goals to secure a 2-1 win over Barnet in August 2006 and he went on to score once more in 35 games that year. Romauld featured less frequently in 2007/08 in part due to featuring in the Africa Cup of Nations with Benin. After returning from the tournament, Boco indicated his desire to leave Accrington. He was allowed to leave the club in February 2008, having made almost 80 appearances for Accrington.

Soon after, he joined League of Ireland Premier Division side Sligo Rovers, linking up with former Stanley teammate Paul Cook who was manager of the Irish club. Boco made 60 appearances for the club over almost three seasons, but he opted to leave at the end of his contract.

After an unsuccessful trial with Doncaster Rovers, Boco secured a contract with Burton Albion in February 2010, agreeing a deal until the end of the 2009/10 season. Romuald made eight appearances for the Brewers.

In the summer of 2010 he re-joined Sligo Rovers and was a part of the side that won the FAI Cup and the League of Ireland Cup in 2010.

Boco rejected a new contract with Sligo and instead joined Chinese side Shanghai East Asia. He spent one season with the Chinese League One side, making 22 appearnaces.

In December 2011, Romuald re-joined Sligo Rovers for a third spell, playing another 27 games for the club in 2012.

In August 2012, Paul Cook signed Boco again, bringing him back to Accrington Stanley. Romauld played an important part in their League Two survival, scoring 10 goals in 45 games, making him Stanley’s top goalscorer that year.

Boco made the switch to Plymouth Argyle in July 2013. He managed two goals in 34 games for the Pilgrims in his only season at Home Park.

In August 2014, Paul Cook signed Romuald yet again, this time taking him to Chesterfield. Boco scored just seven minutes into his debut for the Spireites, helping them to a 2-1 win over Leyton Orient at Brisbane Road.  That proved to be his only goal in 19 games for the club.

In January 2015, Boco moved to India, signing for I-League side Bharat FC, as their marquee player. He played 20 times for Bharat.

Paul Cook brought the midfielder back to England in September 2015, this time signing him for his Portsmouth side. Boco made five appearances for Pompey and was loaned out to National League South side Havant & Waterlooville during his time on the South coast.

In January 2016, Romuald re-joined Accrington Stanley for a third spell with the club. Last term, he made 38 appearances for Stanley, scoring seven times.

 

 

Romuald also boasts international experience, having been capped 48 times by Benin. Boco received his first cap in 2004 and went on to play in the Africa Cup of Nations in 2004, 2008 and 2010, and he was captain of the side during the tournament in 2008.

 

Boco is the 11th new addition to the Orient squad this summer and brings further international experience following the return of Jobi McAnuff yesterday.

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