Ex-Cluj defender Kanyuka becomes first Tilson signing

Steve Tilson has made his first permanent signing as manager of Lincoln City after securing the services of Patrick Kanyuka until the end of the season.

The former Queens Park Rangers defender, whose predominant position is centre back, has been brought in to shore up City’s leaky defence. The Imps have conceded ten goals in the past 4 games alone.


Kanyuka will need to receive international clearance before making his Sincil Bank debut. Photo: Tom Farmery

The Congolese player began his career on youth terms at Leyton Orient before moving to fellow London side Queens Park Rangers in 2005, where he eventually signed professional terms.

But he made just 15 appearances for the Championship side in almost three years and left to join Swindon halfway through the 2007/08 season. He featured 21 times for the Robins during his 16 months at The County Ground.

Kanyuka signed for City’s League Two rivals Northampton Town last season but again failed to make an impression, getting just four appearances under his belt.

At the end of last season, Northampton accepted a bid for Kanyuka and he decided to head east to continue his footballing career with former Champions League competitors CFR Cluj. He failed to make an appearance for the Romanian giants though and was loaned out to fellow top-flighters Unirea Alba Iulia.

Because of Kanyuka’s time in Romania, City will need to receive international clearance before playing Kanyuka, who will wear the number 40 shirt.

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