Inih Effiong has joined National League promotion hopefuls Dover Athletic, signing a one-year contract with the Whites.
Effiong was most recently with Scottish Premier League club Ross County, whom he joined in the January transfer window for an undisclosed transfer fee from Woking.
6 foot 3”, with strength, pace and power, Effiong had joined Woking in the summer of 2017 on a one-year contract, having had a brief spell with Barrow.
He had joined Barrow in January 2017 following a prolific goal scoring two years with Biggleswade Town, where he netted 40 goals. He made his Barrow debut shortly after joining as a substitute against Torquay United and two games later he scored his first goal for the club when he came off the bench to net in a home win over Tranmere Rovers.
After seven appearances (six as a substitute) his contract with Barrow expired and he left the club.
Effiong began his career with St Albans City, making his debut in 2008 before switching to Boreham Wood in 2009. Another spell with St Albans City followed, which proved fruitful with 14 goals in 41 appearances and this form alerted Boreham Wood once more as he made the move across Hertfordshire again in 2011.
After 19 appearances, he joined Chesham United, scoring seven goals in seven appearances.
He returned at the start of 2012 for a third spell with Boreham Wood, where he fired 5 goals in 21 outings before returning to Chesham United where he enjoyed two seasons, bagging 17 goals in 81 appearances.
In 2014, Effiong joined Dunstable Town, scoring 6 goals in 11 outings and this form saw him gain interest from a host of clubs, but it was Biggleswade Town who won his signature when he joined the club in 2015. It began a prolific spell for the physical striker as he was the club’s top goal scorer for the 2015-16 campaign, scoring 16 goals in all competitions and he carried that rich vein of goal scoring into the 2016-17 season, scoring a total of 40 goals in 62 appearances for Biggleswade Town, before signing for Barrow in January 2017.
After a brief spell at Holker Street, he joined National League club Woking in the summer of 2017 and scored on his debut in an opening day victory over Gateshead. He continued his fine form throughout the season, netting important league goals but also scoring and earning man-of-the-match accolades in FA Cup clashes at League One sides Bury and Peterborough United, where his bustling and physical style caused lots of problems for the opposing defences.
A move followed in January 2018 to Scottish Premier League side Ross County for an undisclosed transfer fee, however just a couple of weeks after Effiong’s arrival, manager Owen Coyle left the club and he soon followed, having made two league appearances for the club.
In total, Effiong has scored 112 goals in 322 appearances in all competitions to date.
ACHIEVE Director Dave Garley said, “There has been a significant amount of interest in Inih this summer from clubs, but Dover have shown a real desire to sign him and their determination was a big attraction.
“The manager, Chris Kinnear, has worked wonders there and they are always there or thereabouts come the end of the season. They have had some excellent strikers in recent times who have scored a lot of goals, such as Ricky Miller and Ryan Bird and we believe Inih can be their next prolific striker.
“Inih always works hard, he is an extremely likeable person, he is an exciting player and the fans will love to watch him play as he gives everything for the cause and when he has the ball he is capable of producing moments of magic.
“Inih went to the V9 (Vardy) Academy this summer and impressed a lot of clubs and he actually had offers from the Football League, but Dover showed the most desire to sign him and there is a lot to be said for being really wanted by a club.
“The next move in Inih’s career was very important for him and, at Dover, he can continue to live at home with his family, work hard and if he plays like we know he is capable of, he will be a real hit there.
“Inih is one of the nicest people you will ever meet and he has worked hard to work his way up through the non-league system and hopefully now he can help Dover to get that illusive promotion.
“We wish them both all the best for the coming season.”
Dover fans can get a treat of what they have in store from Inih Effiong courtesy of a highlights video produced by Sam Page…