Worthing make a statement signing with an experienced EFL player, hoping to help guide the club to finally securing promotion.
33-year-old winger Dean Cox, who has played most of his career with Brighton and Leyton Orient, left Eastbourne Borough by mutual consent earlier this month having played almost 100 games over three seasons at the club.
Cox becomes the Rebels fourth signing of the summer, following the arrivals of Harrison Male, Will Seager and Kane Wills – and his ex-teammate Adam Hinshelwood knows Cox will add some quality and experience in the wide areas.
✍🏻 @adamhinsh has called in an ex-teammate!
— Worthing FC (@WorthingFC) July 12, 2021
Worthing Football Club are delighted to confirm the signing of former Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Dean Cox.
The 33-year-old winger recently left Eastbourne Borough of the National League South by mutual consent and links up with former Albion teammate Adam Hinshelwood.
Cox made his Seagulls debut in August 2005, during which time his new boss was recovering from rupturing a cruciate knee ligament earlier that year.
After a loan spell at Eastbourne Borough he established himself in the Brighton side during the 2006/07 season, going on to make nearly 200 appearance before joining then League One rivals Leyton Orient.
A firm fan-favourite, Cox enjoyed six seasons at Brisbane Road, making over 275 appearances for the O’s.
A move back to Sussex followed when he joined Crawley Town in 2016.
After two seasons Cox took the decision to drop out of the Football League and join Eastbourne Borough of the National League South.
He becomes the club’s fourth recruit of the summer, following the arrivals of Harrison Male, Will Seager and Kane Wills and adds another experienced head to Hinshelwood’s squad.
“Coxy brings a wealth of experience to the group and will add some quality in wide areas of the pitch”, the Worthing boss said of his former teammate.
“He seems to be a popular player with the fans at every club he has been at and I’m sure the Worthing fans will enjoy watching him”.
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Cox primarily plays as a winger, but can also play in an attacking midfield role.
Cox was born in Haywards Heath, West Sussex and made his debut for Brighton & Hove Albion during a 2–0 victory over Plymouth Argyle on the 29th of August 2005.
During the 2005–06 season, Cox also spent time on loan at Eastbourne Borough, featuring twice in their run in the FA Cup.
Cox’s next appearance for Brighton was on the first day of the 2006–07 League One season in the 1–0 victory away at Rotherham United, although he was sent-off during this match for receiving two yellow cards.
Cox played a major part during his debut season in the first-team playing in 43 League games and scoring six goals.
In the summer of 2007, Cox was rewarded for his fine start to his Seagulls career by being handed the number 7 shirt, previously occupied by Alexandre Frutos.
After falling out of favour at Brighton, Cox was informed that he would be released from his contract when it expires on the 30th of June 2010.
Cox went on to sign up with Leyton Orient on the 2nd of June 2010. He scored his first league goal for the Os on 28 August 2010, in the 3–0 triumph over Exeter City.
On the 3rd of October 2012, in the 2–0 league victory at Walsall, Cox scored a 60-yard goal from inside the Orient half, firing over the head of Walsall goalkeeper Karl Darlow.
Cox was released on the 1st of September 2016, his contract terminated by mutual consent.
On the 13th of September 2016, Cox joined Crawley Town on a two-and-a-half-year contract.
After signing outside of the summer transfer window, Cox was ineligible to play for Crawley Town until the 2nd of January 2017, so therefore he joined Burgess Hill Town on a loan deal.
On the 8th of October 2016, Cox made his Burgess Hill Town debut in a 3–2 victory over Leatherhead, playing the full 90 minutes.
On the 25th of October 2016, Cox scored his first goal for Burgess Hill in a 1–0 victory over Hendon, netting the winner in the 53rd minute.
After a short loan spell with Burgess Hill, Cox returned to Crawley and made his debut on the 2nd of January 2017. Featuring for 61 minutes before being replaced by Jordan Roberts, in a 2–0 home victory over Yeovil Town.
On the 28th of June 2018, it was announced that Cox would leave Crawley, following a mutual termination in his contract.
On the 3rd of August 2018, a day before the season began, it was confirmed that Cox had signed for Eastbourne Borough who play in the National League South. In July 2021, Cox departed the club by mutual consent.
–2005 – Brighton & Hove Albion
2005–2010 – Brighton & Hove Albion – 146 games (16 goals)
2005 → Eastbourne Borough (loan) – 11 games (0 goals)
2006 → Bognor Regis Town (loan) – 1 game (0 goals)
2010–2016 – Leyton Orient – 227 games (45 goals)
2016–2018 – Crawley Town – 26 games (2 goals)
2016–2017 → Burgess Hill Town (loan) – 5 games (1 goal)
2018–2021 – Eastbourne Borough – 73 games (12 goals)
Great to see mate. Hope you have a great season, just not against Lewes 😋
— Rooks Shouts (@RooksShouts) July 12, 2021
Fans reacted as Worthing make a statement signing with the experienced EFL player…
@RobSanchezEra: OMGGGGGGGGG One of my favourite ever players plays for my local team now wtf
@bexhillcarcare: Good luck mate
@simonbernstein: Best of luck Coxy. Go smash it like you’ve done at all your clubs!
@Pandamonium1881: Best of luck Coxy
@LaurenceB20: That’s gonna be some team next season.
@seanbha4ever: 👀 👀 👀
@VigRKO: Talk about statement signing. Buzzing 🐝⚽🔴⚪
@Paul_LT2P: Good luck with the new season
@tonymgc: Excited about this
@bestsnookerjp: Marvellous, I should look forward watching you play soon at Woodside Road
@slimtim9: Best of luck Dean! All the best to you
@jameswb21: Good luck Dean 💙
@therevba: We’ve got five foot Cox!
@chrismileman: Quality signing lots of experience
@chaz_west01: Oh my god, Dean Cox at Worthing ❤️ @MasonW_4
@MasonW_4: Oh my word 😍
@James_BHAFC: Congrats @dean_7cox
@OfficialTStew: What a signing
@RobCTID21: Good signing
— FC Worthing |Montenegro| (@WfcMontenegro) July 12, 2021