Serge Makofo hopes to repay the Caledonian Braves after the helped him love the game again after two years in the football wilderness.

Having made only two appearances during an ill-fated spell at Edinburgh City, the winger decided to take a break from his playing career.

The 33-year-old has had a string of clubs in the English conference, turned out for Cypriot outfit PAEEK and even gained a cult following in Championship Manager as a kid at MK Dons before finding his way to Scotland’s capital.

After the City stint Makofo is now loving being back on the park and wants to climb the Lowland League table.

He said: “For me coming to the Caledonian Braves was just about enjoying my football again.

Serge Makafo says he is back to enjoying his football at The Braves
Serge Makafo says he is back to enjoying his football at The Braves
 

“When I left Edinburgh City I hadn’t been enjoying the game as much. I hadn’t had a club since then because really I fell out of love with the game.

“I had been playing as a professional for a long time but I just didn’t really want to sign with anyone at that point.

“I had been playing a bit of amateur football during that time, but nothing too serious. This year I decided I would give it another chance and got in contact with a couple of clubs.

“Ricky invited me to train here and since then it’s been brilliant. I’ve really been enjoying it so far. The boys have made me feel really welcome and it’s great to be involved.

New signing Serge Makafo with boss Ricky Waddell
New signing Serge Makafo with boss Ricky Waddell
 

“It’s really good to be back playing at a decent level and testing myself. The club are very ambitious and want to go places. I’ve met with the owner [Chris Ewing] and they are looking to build something.

“I want to play as much as possible, score and assist as many as I can and climb the table. I want to help the club get as high as we can.”

Makofo reckons the Lowland League is far more competitive than most people think with the likes of big-spending Kelty Hearts leading the division.

He went on: “With players coming in from the Championship and League One to the division it gives you another challenge.”