New Signing: Bogdan Marian

Subject to the completion of forms, AFC Rushden & Diamonds are pleased to welcome striker/wide midfielder Bogdan Marian to the Club on a loan deal from Sky Bet Championship side Watford until the end of the 2022/23 season.

The 18-year-old Romanian-born forward joined the Hornets as a Goalkeeper at the age of 8 and remained a Goalkeeper until switching positions ahead of the 2021/22 season. Bogdan has spent the first part of this season on loan at Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division outfit Tring Athletic, scoring 21 goals for a combination of youth and senior teams across all competitions.

Manager Chris Nunn had been keen to add some real pace to the squad and spoke to about his latest signing. “I received a tip-off about Bogdan from a contact and having spoken to Joel Anker and Charlie Waller about him as they have been at Tring this season, they gave him a glowing recommendation. He’s left footed, a real battler and lighting quick. At Watford, of the current squad only Ismaila Sarr posted a quicker time in their speed tests. It’s an injection of raw pace in to the squad and of course, he’s got an eye for goal too. I’m really pleased to be able to bring Bogdan into the Club and look forward to seeing him in a Diamonds shirt.”

We heard from the man himself, Bogdan Marian who was excited about this opportunity: “I have two good friends at the Club in Joel and Charlie and they have nothing but positive things to say about their time at AFC Rushden & Diamonds so far. Having been playing at Step 5, this will be a good experience for me and I want to test myself at this higher level. Hopefully I can contribute to lifting the Club up the table over the next few months.”

Subject to league approval, Bogdan will be in the squad for tomorrow’s Pitching In Southern League Premier Central fixture against Needham Market. If you would like to sponsor Bogdan Marian, please contact Alex Raspin –