Yeovil Town have given a short term contract to former Blackpool and Bradford City striker Francois Zoko. The 32 year old has been snapped up as a free agent ahead of this afternoon's League Two match against Newport County. He has been without a club since the end of last season, but has been on trial with Luton Town and most recently Oxford United but had yet to reach an agreement with those clubs. He has signed a two month deal until January 20th.
Born in Daloa, Ivory Coast, he played out his early years in France, turning out for AS Nancy and Laval before moving to Belgian side Mons. A brief spell with Turkish side Hacettepe Spor Kulubu during the 2008-09 season followed, before he returned for a second spell in Belgium with KV Oostende. During that time he also represented the Ivory Coast at Under-20 and Under-23 level.
In the summer of 2010, Zoko made his move into English league football, signing for Carlisle United after a short trial, spending two seasons there as a regular first teamer, making 102 appearances and scoring 24 goals. He then moved on to Notts County for just over a year (45 appearances, 8 goals). Zoko then moved on to Stevenage where he netted 16 times in 40 appearances at League One level
Last season, he was snapped up by Championship side Blackpool but was to only score once in 14 appearances. Most of his season was spent on loan with League One side Bradford City, but he was only able to establish himself as an impact substitute, with 18 of his 21 appearances coming from the bench. With the Tangerines releasing him, he has since been attempting to get himself fixed up with a new club, and was even linked with this afternoon's opponents in the lead-up to today's fixture, with manager John Sheridan admitting he had missed out on signing an unnamed striker during the last week.
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