Boreham Wood have announced the signing of former Queens Park Rangers forward Angelo Balanta after he impressed manager Luke Garrard whilst on trial at the club.
Primarily a forward, Balanta can also operate down either side if required. This of course does offer further flexibility to Garrard`s already adaptable squad.
Balanta who was Born in Colombia, moved to England and joined the QPR Academy as a 17-year-old, where he progressed through the age groups before breaking into the first team as a teenager in 2007.
He made his first-team debut as a substitute in December 2007 and made his first ever start for the club later on that month.
In November 2008 as part of his development, Balanta joined League Two side Wycombe Wanderers on a three-month loan deal.
A further loan in June 2010 followed, as he joined MK Dons then at League One level for a season. In his time at MK Dons, he bagged 11 goals in fifty games and was highly thought of by the Dons` supporters.
In July 2014 and after a further loan at Yeovil, Balanta was released by Rangers after seven years with the club.
In his time at QPR he made in total twenty-five appearances in the Premiership and Championship scoring twice.
Since leaving QPR, Angelo has played his football at both Bristol Rovers and Carlisle United before trialling with Boreham Wood.
On signing the Colombian forward, manager Luke Garrard said: “Angelo is a good age at 26 and has experienced both success and failure as a professional footballer.
I’m certainly not taking him to make up the numbers and I’m not taking him to play down the sides either. I’m taking him too play up top, he’ll be competing with two other forwards and he’ll be judged on his work rate, attitude and of course his goals.
“Angelo knows he needs to kick start his career here at Meadow Park, as he’s not a wonder kid any longer and he must show me he has the desire to succeed everyday as nobody can question his ability.
“We have great dressing room spirit already and Angelo has fitted in great with the group. He already knows Bruno Andrade from his time at QPR, he did well on Tuesday night against Stevenage in a system I favour and I want to give him a chance to impress us all”.