You wait ages for the January transfer window and suddenly two signings come along within the first four days, with Steve Beleck signing on loan. The forward – Steve Leo Beleck A’Beka to give him his full name – came in to give manager Gary Smith the goals he and his side needed in 2013. The nature of his loan agreement was certainly a topic of discussion too. It appeared the striker was loaned to Boro’ by Watford, who were in turn loaning him from Serie A side Udinese.
How did it work?
We have no idea and are not informed enough about the complexities of the transfer market to have a guess.
Beleck arrived as a tall, imposing striker just two weeks younger than Sam Hoskins; the first of the arrivals in January 2013. We’d seen our form dip and were in search of goals; signing Beleck and Hoskins being a very real bid to get things back on track during the second half of the season.
Steve Beleck: Before Boro’
Despite coming to England at the tender age of 19-years-old, Beleck had already seen action in the Greek top flight. He started out aged 16-years-old at Panthrakikos and scored five times in 13 games, before moving to Udinese. He then returned to Greece, with AEK Athens, on loan and scored five in 27 outings.