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Five Things you may not know about Josh Koroma

Join us as we pick out five things that you may not know about new Rotherham signing Josh Koroma!

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Josh is of Sierra Leonean descent

Josh is of Sierra Leonean descent

Joshua Abdulai Koroma was born in Southwark, London on November 8th 1998. But the winger's roots are far more afield than that. Both of his parents were raised in Sierra Leone but moved to England before Josh was born. Other notable players from Sierra Leone that play in the UK are current Coventry City forward Amadou Bakayoko and Abdulai Bell-Baggie, who made 11 appearances during a brief loan spell at Rotherham in 2010.

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Koroma joined Leyton Orient's accademy when he was 15-years-old

Koroma joined Leyton Orient's accademy when he was 15-years-old

Koroma's talents caught the eye from a young age as he signed an academy deal with Leyton Orient aged just 15. He was rewarded for his hard work with his senior debut just three years later when he was 18 and it came when he was still an academy scholar. In April 2016, he came on as a substitute as Orient were beaten 3-0 away at London rivals Barnet.

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Josh is Leyton Orient's youngest-ever player to score a hat-trick

Josh is Leyton Orient's youngest-ever player to score a hat-trick

Just five months after making his debut for Orient, Koroma signed his first professional deal with the club. In 2016/17, he was a regular in the first-team as the O's struggled in League 2. The forward made 22 appearances that campaign and he was one of their only positives from the season. He wrote his name in Orient folklore that year as he got his first goals for the club with an emphatic hat-trick in a 4-0 win against Newport County. In doing so, at the age of 18 Josh became the club's youngest ever player to score a hat-trick.

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Koroma's fine form fired Leyton Orient to promotion in 2018/19

Koroma's fine form fired Leyton Orient to promotion in 2018/19

Leyton Orient were relegated at the end of the 2016/17 campaign, and in their first season in the National League they finished 13th. Koroma came into his own the year after though. Orient were managed by the late Justin Edinburgh, and he changed Josh's position to play him as a striker alongside their talisman Macauley Bonne. Koroma was one of their shining lights that season as they won the National League title to return to League Two. He scored 11 goals and also notched up seven assists to push his side to promotion.

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Danny Cowley is a huge fan of Josh and believes he has a big future in the game

Danny Cowley is a huge fan of Josh and believes he has a big future in the game

Koroma's performances did not go unnoticed as Huddersfield Town were quick to snap him up last summer for an undisclosed fee. He has only made nine appearances for the Terriers during his first season, but new manager Danny Cowley has been impressed by what he has seen of him. Cowley, and his brother Nicky, tried to sign Koroma when they were at Lincoln but they are glad to have him now. In an interview with the Huddersfield Examiner in October 2019, Cowley said: "Josh is a talented boy and there are not many 20-year-olds in the whole country whose stats match to his in terms of appearances and the amount of football he has played - and also his goals per game ratio. He is a good kid, we like his attitude and we just want him to get a bit fitter. He has got a really good chance"