Odhiambo signs for Sligo Rovers
Eric Odhiambo has signed for Sligo Rovers for the 2014 season, the club are delighted to announce.
The 24-year-old joins Rovers, subject to international clearance, after a long pursuit by manager Ian Baraclough to secure his signature.
Odhiambo began his career at Leicester City and moved to Scottish Premiership club Inverness.
The striker played for Denizlispor in Turkey and came close to signing for Rovers in the late part of the 2013 Airtricity Premier Division season but the move could not be completed due to a registration issue with the Turkish club.
He moved to Hereford United on a short-term deal before signing for the Bit o’ Red today.
Manager Ian Baraclough said: “We wanted Eric in July. Red tape with FIFA stopped the move until they eventually game him the okay but it was too late to sign him then. I've kept tabs on him, I watched him in England in the off-season. His style will suit our game and philosophy. He can play as a striker, in the hole or on the wing. He is good with his feet and has an excellent football brain.
"I first noticed him with the Leicester youth team. He did very well for Terry Butcher at Inverness in Scotland. At 24 he is a good age to get his career thriving again. We give players the chance to find their way again and it has happened with many players over the last few years. Eric is delighted to have the opportunity to play regular football. Hereford played in a way that didn’t suit him. They operated with two big front men and launched the ball forward. They played him on the wing for 20 minutes hoping he would make an impact. He will enjoy coming here and how we play. He knows how the club works having been here for a few weeks in July.
"I am open-minded on where he will fit in the team, there are a few permutations and we will try things out in pre-season. I expect him to be lively in training because he was playing league football up to three weeks ago. If we get Eric to 100%, our supporters will really take to him.”