Big, strong, physical – forward Inih Effiong certainly ticked all the right boxes when named as the first new Boro’ arrival of summer 2020. If the 2019-20 campaign taught us anything, it’s that we needed goals. Clearly – else we wouldn’t have come bottom of League Two. But now it was time for us to hit the reset button; boss Alex Revell set the task of getting us back into the Football League. And Effiong was charged with being the man to fire us there, based on his track record.
Lucky for us, the man had the credentials; coming to us after a prolific spell at Dover Athletic. In the 38 games they managed before coronavirus shut down the league action, the forward had 16 goals to his name. To be fair, the lad does seem to score no matter where he plays. We can only hope that we are the latest in what is an extensive line. At 6’3, we don’t reckon there are too many defences that fancy their chances up against him.
And that suits us down to the ground, to be honest.
Inih Effiong: Before Boro’
Effiong’s career started at St Albans City. After struggling to break through at Clarence Park, he spent time at Northwood (on loan) and then Boreham Wood. Such was his scoring form at the Wood, Stalebuns came back in for him after realising their mistake.
He started banging them in for the Saints, which piqued the interest of… Boreham Wood. So, back he went. Except his second stint at the club didn’t go to plan. As such, he ended up going out on loan to Hitchin Town and Chesham United; scoring seven in seven for the latter, before earning a permanent switch there in 2012. Next came a loan spell at Hayes & Yeading United, as well as stints at Dunstable Town, Burnham and Arlesey Town.
July 2015 saw Effiong move to Biggleswade Town; another club where he’d enjoy a rich vein of scoring form during his two years there. That’s despite featuring in a couple of games for Hertford Town on loan while with the ‘Wade. The forward’s scoring form for the Waders earned him a move up the ladder (and country) when he signed for Barrow in early 2017. The short term deal, however, did not get renewed and he was free to leave that summer.
Woking wasted no time in swooping for their man; the Cards’ faith repaid immediately as he scored on the opening day of the 2017-8 season. He continued to find the back of the net too; reaching double figures during the first half of the campaign. But it was time to move on once more in January 2018. That’s because, this time, he moved north of the border to Ross County.