Timothee Dieng has signed a one year deal with Exeter City as announced by the club today. He was a free agent having left Southend United this summer and becomes Matt Taylor’s eighth signing of the window as the Grecians look to build for another League Two play-off push.
Dieng, 29, brings a wealth of Football League experience to St James’ Park having amassed 227 appearances in Leagues One and Two for Bradford City, Oldham Athletic and most recently The Shrimpers.
Taylor was excited to get this deal over the line: “Tim is a great midfield player and is vastly experienced. We’re really looking forward to the impact he can have on these players.
“With the departures of Nicky Law and Jake Taylor it was the right thing to do to bring in another midfield player.
“He’s been back over in France with his family so it took a little time to get him across with quarantine regulations, but he’s here now and has a three week period to get ready for the season,” he added.
Slotting into central midfield alongside Nigel Atangana with the likes of Archie Collins and Joel Randall given the licence to attack is a mouth-watering prospect for Exeter fans, it adds crucial experience to their ranks, with Taylor more than happy to hand game time to youth players in the last couple of seasons.
Quiz: What was the score the last time Exeter City played each of these 25 teams?
Exeter have been missing a bit of Football League knowhow in their near misses at promotion to League One in recent years. Dieng can provide exactly that, looking to kick on and put last season’s relegation to the National League with Southend United behind him.
It is beginning to feel like Matt Taylor has a rebuild job on his hands every summer, Dieng had spent three years at Roots Hall prior to this move, some added continuity to the side could stand them in good stead for sustaining a play-off push once more this season.
The perennial top seven contenders will be hoping to shore up their defence this term, and having Dieng sit in front of the backline should take them some way to achieving that.