>Free agent Uwezu becomes sixth Johnson signing

There was no late activity on the loan front yesterday but Gary Johnson did bring in free agent Michael Uwesu on a free transfer until the end of the season, with a view to a permanent move in the summer. Uwezu, described as “quick, tenacious and a real pain for defenders to play against,” didn’t sign in time for tonight’s game with Torquay United but will be available for next Saturday’s trip to Accrington Stanley.

Starting his career with Arsenal’s academy, Uwezu then moved to Fulham and scored an impressive eleven goals in eighteen games for their under 18s side in his first season. He was allocated a squad number at the club for the start of the 2009/10 season and was an unused substitute in three of their Europa League games en route to the final. But following a brief spell on loan at Lincoln City, he was released from his contract at Craven Cottage before making any senior appearances for the club.

Rejecting a move to Holland, the striker joins up as Gary Johnson begins to look at players he wants in next season and it makes sense to have another option in attack given injuries to Billy McKay, Leon McKenzie and long term to Tadhg Purcell. Indeed there were no attacking options on the bench last weekend so we at least have something different to offer starting next weekend, by which time McKenzie could also be back in the frame.

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