Waterford FC is delighted to announce the signing of Maxim Kouogun.
The powerful centre-back joins the club having spent almost four years with UCD, including representing the club in the Europa League in 2015.
Cameroon-born Kouogun joined Warrenpoint Town in the Northern Irish Premier League in the summer but will now join the Blues ahead of the new season which starts in February.
Kouogun, 21, played his early football with Peamount United, Leixlip United and Cherry Orchard before joining UCD. He was named in the First Division Team of the Season in 2016 (scoring six goals).
Speaking to WaterfordFC.ie after signing for the 2019 season, Maxim said:
“I’m delighted to get it sorted and really happy to sign for the club. I spoke to Alan last season too but I was still finishing my masters in UCD so I’m really pleased to get sorted now and join the club.
“I’ve played in the RSC before and the vibe has been a really good one. The quality of the pitch has always been excellent, dressing rooms…everything. Any time I’ve played against Waterford at home for UCD, they’ve always brought big crowds, the most that teams have brought to games, and I can’t wait to play in front of them.
“The teams are similar in the way UCD and Waterford try to play football and that’s a factor for me. European football is of course a draw too; I played a couple of games with UCD when I was just 18 so hopefully I can bring that experience to some of the others too.
“It’s great to be sorted before Christmas and I can’t wait to get into pre-season training in a few weeks.”
Speaking to WaterfordFC.ie after confirming the signing, manager Alan Reynolds said:
“I’m really happy to have Maxim signed. He’s a big, strong centre-half and is exactly what we need. He’s played a lot of games for UCD in the past couple of seasons including their European games.
“He’s well regarded around the league and one I’m very happy to get. It was important that we brought in a central defender and I think he could turn out to be an excellent signing for us.”
Maxim joins Kevin Lynch, Matthew Connor, John Martin, Dean Walsh, Rory Feely, Cory Galvin, Shane Duggan, Bastien Hery, JJ Lunney, Zack Elbouzedi and Ismahil Akinade in the confirmed Waterford FC 2019 squad so far.