Boreham Wood are delighted to announce the arrival of winger Erico Sousa to the LV BET Stadium Meadow Park ahead of the 2022/23 National League season following his departure from National League play-off winners Grimsby Town this summer.

Born in Vale de Amoreira, Portugal, Erico moved to England aged 10, joining Manchester City’s famed youth academy at the age of 15-years-old before spending three years within the academy set up at Barnsley.

In 2014, Erico dropped into Non-League football with spells at Hyde United and Tadcaster Albion preceding a season in the Slovenian PrvaLiga with NK Celje. Upon his return to the UK, Erico was set to sign for then-League Two outfit Accrington Stanley, however due to complications with his Football League registration, Erico would opt to sign for then-National League side Tranmere Rovers until the end of the 2016/17 season.

Sousa would return to Accrington Stanley ahead of the 2017/18 season, signing a one-year contract with Stanley in June 2017. Following their title winning 2017/18 season, Accrington would exercise Sousa’s contractual option to remain a Stanley player, however he departed the Wham Stadium in June 2020 at the expiration of his Accy’s contract.

A brief return to Tadcaster Albion was followed by signing for Alun Armstrong’s Darlington in the National League North where Erico would experience his most fruitful spell to date, registering seven goals in 14 games before COVID-19 put an end to football at step 2 and below of Non-League football.

His form, although cut short by COVID, caught the attention of National League and Football League suitors, and in June 2021 Sousa joined National League side Grimsby Town on a one-year contract following their relegation from League Two the previous season. A successful season under Paul Hurst at Blundell Park saw Erico feature heavily for the Mariners with 33 appearances as they won promotion back into League Two, after an inspirational play-off campaign with wins over Notts County, Wrexham and Solihull Moors clinching their return to the Football League at the first time of asking.

Upon arriving at the LV BET Stadium Meadow Park, Erico said, “I’m just happy to be here. At a Club who has real ambition to strive forward and make history. After speaking to the Gaffer, it was a no brainer for me to be honest. I agree with the Gaffer’s philosophy, his way of thinking and his attitude to work. This made me think ‘this is the right place for me.’

“My aim is always the same; to work hard to help the team win promotion. I feel like we have the right mentality and the right people at the Club to achieve great things.” Sousa concluded.

Welcome to the LV BET Stadium Meadow Park, Erico!

OUR CLUB. OUR TOWN. OUR COMMUNITY.

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