Ebbsfleet United sign up an ex-Leeds, Chelsea, Bradford and Oldham player, and made his debut for the National League South club in midweek.
Forward Dominic Poleon came off the bench for his Fleet debut late on and nearly scored with his first touch, with his side going on to win 2-1 against Hampton & Richmond Borough on Tuesday.
It was exciting times for the 27 year old, starting his youth career at the Stamford Bridge outfit, spending four years there, before leaving in 2008 and then had two year youth spells at Southend and Leeds.
The Whites gave him a shot in the first team, going on to make around 30 appearances, scoring three times between 2012 and 2014 whilst also having spells with Bury and Sheffield United.
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In September 2014, the final hour of deadline day, he made the switch to Oldham Athletic, making 60 appearances and scoring eight times, and then his time at Boundary Park ended in 2016.
He was then snapped up by AFC Wimbledon, scoring another eight goals, this time in 41 appearances between 2016 and 2017.
The striker / winger has also been with Bradford City and Crawley Town, both spells lasting just a season and in total had 62 appearances and found the net 11 times.
His game time since then has been lacking, playing 12 times and scored once for his last three clubs, which are Newport County, Dover Athletic and his new side Ebbsfleet.
Going straight into the squad this evening is Fleet’s latest signing, striker Dominic Poleon, 27, who joins the club having played more than 200 matches in the EFL.
Dom’s signing was completed before the recent National League suspension in our expectation that the 2020/21 fixtures and campaign would continue as scheduled. As we resume action against Hampton & Richmond Borough this evening, we are delighted to be able to welcome him formally to the club.
The ex-Chelsea and Southend United youth player – who has appeared in both Fleet’s training matches over the past fortnight – was the leading scorer in Leeds United’s U18s before turning out 36 times for the Whites across three seasons in the Championship from 2012-15.
Away from Elland Road, he spent four years in League One with Bury and Sheffield United on loan and then permanently with Oldham Athletic, AFC Wimbledon and Bradford City. An undisclosed fee took him on to Crawley Town on a two-year deal in 2018/19 and last season he spent with Newport County and Dover Athletic.
A very pacy centre-forward who can also play wide, Dom’s signature had been pursued by clubs in all three National League divisions. We welcome him to the Kuflink Stadium and very much look forward to seeing him in a Fleet shirt for the rest of this season.
He will wear the squad-number 26 shirt.
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Fans reacted after seeing that Ebbsfleet United sign the ex-Leeds, Chelsea, Bradford and Oldham player, see what was said below…
@Bambos8: On his day. Very good.
@PhilipE01353369: Always thought he would end up in the prem, but then went flat while he played for Latics, never got back to form. Waste.
@BrooklynDon6: For half a season, Poleon’s goals kept us competitive in L1. I couldn’t believe Oldham had let him go. Then, during the 2H of the season, blanks. He just disappeared. The ultimate hot or cold player.
@NakedFarang: He had everything a striker needed – strength, speed and a decent finish. Was surprised when Leeds let him go to Oldham. Bit of a wasted talent.
@MattB94: Cor thats a great signing for @EUFCofficial
@EJTaylor99: At least that means he can’t score against Gills this season
@DB1993: Should prove a good signing #EUFC
@ForeverAYellow: Not a bad signing that for Ebbsfleet to be fair, got a fair bit of experience which will come good when helping the youngsters at the club, really wish him all the best going forward, just a shame to see his career drop rapidly from being in the Championship to non league, had good expectations for him but just didn’t work out for him in the end I suppose