Saint Lucia’s Janoi Donacien has signed a new deal with Accrington Stanley, the 22-year-old defender extending his stay until the end of the season after joining on an initial short-term deal.
Janoi, who is originally from Choiseul, has lived in England the past 10 years. He signed a contract with Premier League club, Aston Villa, but never had the chance to play for the first team. Upon becoming a free agent when his contract expired this year, he made the Stanley move.
On Wednesday, sporting the number 30, Janoi played a crucial role in helping engineer one of the biggest shock results of the English Football League’s EFL Cup second round. Stanley, who play in the fourth tier of English football, knocked over Burnley, a Premier League club.
Matty Pearson scored late in extra time for a 1-0 triumph, as Janoi played all 90 minutes. In a first competitive meeting between the two since 1893, Stanley beat a Premier League club for the first time in their history.
Following the win over their Lancashire neighbours and top flight newcomers at the Crown Ground, Janoi and Stanley will now travel to West Ham’s new Olympic Stadium home in London for round three.
Four top-flight sides have been knocked out in the second round, with Burnley joining Middlesbrough, West Brom and Watford in exiting the competition.
Accrington beat Bradford 11-10 on penalties in the last round but had won just one league game so far this season.