Interview: Boro new signing Guy Madjo
PUBLISHED: 13:02 13 June 2011 | UPDATED: 13:09 13 June 2011
Striker thanks God for his chance to play at Stevenage
Guy Madjo says he can’t wait to start scoring goals for Boro after signing for the club this week, subject to international clearance.
The Cameroon-born front man, a committed Christian, said he wished to thank God for the move which brought him back to English football after two years spent in China and Albania trying to cement his recently-won place in the Cameroon national side.
Madjo, who describes himself as a physical but quick front man, has signed a one-year deal at Stevenage with the option of a second season, and was a guest of the club at their play-off final win over Torquay United at Old Trafford last month.
Speaking to The Comet about his move, the 27-year-old said he was impressed by what he has already seen of Boro and said he was pleased to be going into a dressing room which contains a familiar face in the shape of his former Crawley Town team-mate Ashley Bayes.
“I spoke to the manager back in 2008 when he wanted to sign me,” Madjo told The Comet.
“He was looking at me and was impressed by me but never had the chance to sign, and I ended up at Shrewsbury Town after Crawley Town.
“I spent time at Shrewsbury and things didn’t work out as well as I’d hoped, but then I went abroad for the new challenge. You know what you can personally achieve, and I knew I had to go and test myself. I had just made the (Cameroon) squad and I wanted to push myself and go abroad and play in top divisions as I knew I could already make it in lower divisions in England.
“They were good challenges, it was interesting to go out to China and Albania.
“In Albania things were very different off the pitch. On the pitch there are some good sides, the structures are good, but for other teams it was not good at all.
“In many ways I would say the level of football I was playing at was like League 1 in England, with some of it very good, but I had to return because of issues over my contract out there, so I came back to England.
“I went to watch the game at Northampton (when Stevenage played them on April 30), I spoke to the Graham at the game and went for a trial and have signed for them.
“I’m a striker; I’m a physical player, fast and technical. I hope things go well, and I would like to thank God for the move and the chance.
“I have met the players at Stevenage, I really like the team and the way they looked after me when I arrived. I’m really looking forward to the new season and hope to score lots of goals for my new club.”