Bishop’s Stortford manager Gordon Boateng has strengthened his defence with the addition of centre-half Claudiu Vîlcu.

The Romanian began his career in the FC Bra?ov youth team, and studied law at the Transilvania University of Bra?ov, before playing in Liga II and Liga III with Unirea T?rlungeni, Minerul Lupeni, Juventus Bucure?ti and Dinamo II Bucure?ti. He won Liga III with Juventus in the 2009–10 season.

In the summer of 2010, the 6’5” defender moved to Moldova and joined Nistru Otaci, playing 48 Moldovan National Division games over the next two seasons, scoring nine goals. A short spell with Speran?a Crihana Veche in the first half of the 2012–13 season saw him make a further eight appearances in the top flight.

Vîlcu played for Histon in a pre-season friendly against a Brentford XI on 16 July 2013. A brief spell at Barney was curtailed by work permit problems, but Vîlcu then signed for Essex Senior League side FC Romania, and also joined Southern League side Banbury United on dual registration on 4 November. In the 2014–15 season, Vîlcu played for Cambridge City before joining Enfield Town.


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