Boreham Wood Football Club are delighted to announce the signing of experienced defender Joe Devera, following his release from Portsmouth last Summer.
Joe began his career at neighbours Barnet and came up through their youth system before breaking into their first team in 2006/07 season. He soon established himself at right back and went on to make 177 appearances over a six year period for the Bees.
In 2011 Devera became Paolo Di Canio’s first signing as Swindon Town Manager. He was a part of the Swindon Town side that won promotion to league one. The following season the Robins made the league one play-offs only to lose out to Brentford on penalties. This was however Deveras last game for Swindon after making 66 appearances.
After his release from the Robins he signed a two year deal with Portsmouth, where he was used as both a centre back and right back. After 72 appearances his contract was not renewed and he left Fratton park in the summer of 2015.
On his arrival at Meadow Park Ian Allinson said “ Joe was somebody both me and my assistant Luke Garrard had admired for a long time but didn’t in all honesty think we could get. That changed recently and so we sat down with Joe and had a chat. The fact Joe is versatile defender also appealed to me, as he is equally comfortable as a centre half or as a right back”..
“We are going to need to see this sticky patch out as a squad and we will need leaders all over the park who will go and put their bodies on the line. I’ve brought Joe here to play and to add his experience and strength to the side. After 10 games I can clearly see who is struggling and as manager it’s my job to rectify things as soon as possible and that’s what I intend to do”..