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CONTRACTS: Striker extends stay at Brunton Park

16 December 2016

Centre forward Derek Asamoah stays with the Blues

Popular forward Derek Asamoah has agreed a further one-month contract which extends his current stay at Brunton Park into the New Year.

Asamoah, 35, rejoined the club on a two-month deal in October and has made eight appearances in his latest spell at Brunton Park.

Manager Keith Curle said: "Derek is working extremely hard and this gives him a further opportunity to make his mark.

"He has integrated back into the group really well and he's chomping at the bit for more pitch time. He has attributes and skill sets we like, as we've seen when he has come off bench.

"The challenge for him now is to push for more and more time and to continue to show everyone that he's ready to play his part."

He initially joined the club on a six-month deal following a short trial spell in October 2014. This was extended until the end of the 2014/15 season, and further extended as he became an important part of the squad.

Ghanaian-born Asamoah brings a wealth of experience to the squad having played in England, Scotland, France and, most recently, in South Korea with Pohang Steelers and Daegu FC. He started his career with the Protec Football Academy in North London and spent his football apprenticeship with Hampton and Richmond Borough before signing for Slough Town in 2001.

He was spotted by scouts as he registered a number of impressive displays and earned a trial, and subsequently his first professional deal, with Northampton Town that same year. Moves to Mansfield and Lincoln followed, but it was eight goals in 17 games in a loan spell with Chester City which caught the eye of Shrewsbury Town.

He bagged 11 goals in 48 outings for the Shrews before his move to OSG Nice brought him two years in French football. He had a brief spell with Hamilton in 2009 before making a permanent move to sign for Lokomotiv Sofia in Bulgaria in time for the start of their season that year. He joined the Pohang Steelers, billed as the most successful club in Asia, in 2011 and made over 100 appearances with two clubs in South Korea before returning to England.

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