Elliot Omozusi

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Elliot Omozusi
Elliott Omozusi 1.png
Omozusi playing for Norwich City on loan in 2008
Personal information
Full name Elliot Junior Uyi Omozusi[1]
Date of birth (1988-12-15) 15 December 1988 (age 28)
Place of birth Hackney, England
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Whitehawk
Youth career
000?–2006 Fulham
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2010 Fulham 8 (0)
2008–2009 Norwich City (loan) 21 (0)
2009–2010 Charlton Athletic (loan) 9 (0)
2010–2011 Leyton Orient 50 (0)
2013–2015 Leyton Orient 70 (0)
2015–2017 Cambridge United 14 (0)
2017– Whitehawk 9 (0)
National team
2003 England U16 1 (0)
2004–2005 England U17 11 (0)
2006 England U18 1 (0)
2006–2007 England U19 7 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12:14, 26 April 2017 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12:14, 7 February 2012 (UTC)

Elliot Junior Uyi Omozusi (born 15 December 1988) is an English footballer who plays as a defender for Whitehawk. Omozusi had two spells with Leyton Orient, playing over 100 games. He also played for Fulham, Norwich City and Charlton Athletic. Omozusi plays primarily at right back, but can also play in the centre of defence or in midfield.

Career[edit]

Fulham[edit]

Born in Hackney London, Omozusi attended Homerton College of Technology school. Omozusi made his first team debut for Fulham as a substitute in the League Cup second round game against Wycombe Wanderers on 20 September 2006.[2] The following month, Omozusi signed a three-year contract with Fulham, which the contract will end until the 2008/09 season.[3] He was sent off in the game against Reading on 3 November 2007 after providing an assist for Fulham's second goal on only his second Premier League appearance for the club.[4] On 3 December 2007 he started at right back against Manchester United at Old Trafford.[5]

On 18 July 2008, Omozusi moved to Norwich City on a season long loan with Fulham having the option of recalling him in January 2009.[6] Omozusi returned to Fulham from his loan spell at Norwich in January 2009. On 30 October 2009, Fulham announced a two month loan deal with Charlton Athletic,[7] which was subsequently extended until the end of January 2010.[8] He eventually returned to Fulham in March after stopping training with Charlton.

Leyton Orient[edit]

In late April 2010, Omozusi was on trial at Leyton Orient and played in a reserve game against Millwall on 28 April.[9] He subsequently signed for Orient on 2 June,[10] where he stayed until a criminal conviction saw him sentenced to prison. On 21 January 2013 Leyton Orient re-signed Omozusi following his release. He told the club's website: "I'm grateful to Leyton Orient for this opportunity given to me. I want to make the most of this second chance and I'm looking forward to helping the team over the rest of the season."[11] He signed a new one-year contract on 2 May 2013.[12]

On 30 January 2014, Omozusi was nominated for the PFA Player in the Community Award for his work with the Leyton Orient Community Sports Programme since his return to the club after his conviction.[13][14]

Later career[edit]

Omuzusi joined Cambridge United in June 2015, citing the club's involvement with community projects as a reason for signing.[15] He was released by the club in January 2017 and subsequently joined Brighton based National League South Whitehawk until the end of the season.

International career[edit]

Despite being an England youth international, he is eligible to play for Nigeria.

Personal life[edit]

On 17 November 2011, Omozusi was convicted of intimidating a witness in a murder trial and sentenced to two and a half years in prison.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Elliot Omozusi profile at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)
  2. ^ "Fulham 1-2 Wycombe". BBC. 20 September 2006. Retrieved 12 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "Omozusi signs contract". Fulham Official Website. 27 October 2006. Retrieved 14 April 2014. 
  4. ^ "Fulham 3-1 Reading". BBC. 3 November 2007. Retrieved 12 March 2014. 
  5. ^ "Man Utd 2-0 Fulham". BBC. 3 December 2007. Retrieved 12 March 2014. 
  6. ^ "Fulham duo join City". Norwich City F.C. 18 July 2008. Archived from the original on 18 February 2012. Retrieved 12 December 2013. 
  7. ^ Omozusi loan
  8. ^ "Addicks extend Omozusi loan". Sky Sports. 4 January 2010. Retrieved 13 January 2010. 
  9. ^ Wright, Matt (11 March 2010). "Injury woe for Jacko". Charlton Athletic F.C. Archived from the original on 22 March 2010. Retrieved 12 December 2013. 
  10. ^ "Omozusi signs O's deal". Leyton Orient F.C. 2 June 2010. Archived from the original on 24 February 2012. Retrieved 12 December 2013. 
  11. ^ "Elliot Omozusi: Leyton Orient re-sign defender". BBC Sport. Retrieved 21 January 2013. 
  12. ^ "Leyton Orient: Elliot Omozusi signs new one-year deal". BBC Sport. 2 May 2013. Retrieved 5 May 2013. 
  13. ^ "Orient's Elliot Omozusi nominated for Football League Award". Ilford Recorder. 30 January 2014. 
  14. ^ "Elliot Omozusi: Leyton Orient man on second chance after prison term". BBC Sport. 12 March 2014. 
  15. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/33118058
  16. ^ "Footballer Elliot Omozusi convicted in gang killing intimidation case". London24. Retrieved 12 December 2013. [permanent dead link]

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