Stevenage swoop for Kuqi Mark II

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Stevenage boss Graham Westley has boosted his squad by recruiting Finnish international striker Njazi Kuqi, brother of Swansea’s Shefki.

The 6”4’ striker played in Stevenage Reserves’ 3-1 midweek defeat to Ipswich Town Reserves, and was immediately handed a place on the bench for Boro’s win against Stockport County, being introduced five minutes from the end.

The 27-year-old was a free agent after leaving German side Koblenz at the end of last season, and had also been on trial unsuccessfully with Championship side Swansea City in pre-season, scoring an injury-time winner in a 2-1 pre-season friendly win over Port Talbot.

The brother of Swansea’s Shefki, Njazi has played in England before, having joined Birmingham City in 2005. However, he was loaned out repeatedly and released in 2006 without making a first-team appearance for the Blues.

The addition of a striker will come as good news for Stevenage fans, many of whom were frustrated to see Boro draw a blank despite dominating against Bradford. It could turn this good side into a play-off contender come the end of the season.

It was no secret that Westley was looking for another option in attack, with many trialists coming and going. Hopefully his choice is the right one and Kuqi will play a big role in helping Stevenage score more goals in tighter games, something they have at times struggled with in the past.

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