A permanent return for the former Portsmouth and Brighton & Hove Albion ‘keeper who originally joined us on work experience back in 2019. Kept a clean sheet on his debut in a pre-season friendly at Whyteleafe that year, to add to the four in seventeen appearances for the Seagulls U18s which had followed a bow at Reading in February 2017. Captain against Chelsea (U18s), featured three times in their run to the FA Youth Cup fifth round and made the bench for the EFL Trophy tie with Peterborough United.
Went straight into the side for the opening Isthmian Prem fixture at Folkestone Invicta before returning to The Amex after a 2-1 win at Bowers & Pitsea on 19/11/19. In between those games Roco had secured his maiden competitive shutout in an August Bank Holiday Monday victory over Bognor Regis Town.
Signed his first pro contract with the Albion a Summer later and came back to Woodside for what there was of 2020-21 but now via the U23s.
However, eight years in East Sussex came to an end in July ‘21 courtesy of a move to West London with Brentford. Two more years at the Gtech Community Stadium, which included a penalty save at Salford City, drew to a close and brought about a feeling of familiarity when donning the now purple jersey of the Reds in our annual friendly at his former employers.