Greek side announce signing of Rovers goalkeeper Stergiakis

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Antonis Stergiakis has left Rovers after two years with the club
Antonis Stergiakis has left Rovers after two years with the club

Antonis Stergiakis’ two-year stay with Rovers has come to an end after he signed for Greek top-flight side Panetolikos.

Stergiakis returns to his native Greece having signed a three-year deal with Panetolikos where he will be aiming to get his career up and running.

The Lancashire Telegraph revealed a move was in the works, and things have progressed quickly, with Stergiakis now confirmed as a Panetolikos player.

The 23-year-old leaves Rovers two years into his four-year deal, without making a senior appearance after joining from Slavia Sofia in 2020. He had been a regular with the Bulgarian side,  playing 78 times in all.

Rovers are yet to confirm the deal, with Panetolikos only revealing that the ‘keeper has signed a three-year deal in a short statement on their official website.

Stergiakis was highly-rated as a teenager, winning five caps for Greece at Under-21s level and representing his country throughout his youth, but struggled to make an impact at Rovers.

He played only 15 times in all for the Under-23s, six of those coming in 2021/22, though he did make the bench for the first-team on two occasions.

Rovers are well stocked in the goalkeeping department, with Thomas Kaminski as No.1, with Aynsley Pears having been No.2 since his signing in the summer of 2020 when the pair, along with Stergiakis, were all signed.

With Eastham having signed a one-year extension, professional terms offered to Felix Goddard, Joe Hilton still under contract after a loan spell at Hamilton Academical last term, and Aidan Dowling also under contract, Rovers have no shortage of options behind Kaminski and Pears.

Should the latter want more regular first-team football, then Rovers could agree to a loan move this summer, pushing them into the market for a new back-up option.

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