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Is Five-Year CPL Veteran Giantsopoulos Set For Europe?

By on February 15, 2024 0 1443 Views

The Canadian Premier League offseason has seen no shortage of goalkeeper drama, be it shock trades, ‘fake news’, or failed negotiations.

Following up on our earlier report that York United goalkeeper Niko Giantstopoulos had turned down repeated offers from the side, OneSoccer’s Josh Deming now reports that the 29-year-old has picked up interest from Finland.

York United Niko Giantsopoulos
Photo Credit: John Jacques

The free agent had spent an earlier portion of preseason training with Cavalry, though a return to his former side didn’t ultimately take shape. A return to York United is now off the menu for the veteran shotstopper.

The Nine Stripes had put forth multiple contract offers to keep him in place, with sources confirming the offer last tabled would have been the largest year-over-year increase out of any returning York United athlete.

Niko’s Footy First co-host, Nik McVicar, first put forth that the club has landed an international replacement for Giantsopoulos – with a source close to the club confirming the same to us.

Niko’s previous three seasons with York United saw him amass 55 appearances in all, having established himself as the number one choice following Nathan Ingham’s departure. Giantsopoulos laid claim to fourteen clean sheets while also making himself a strong voice in the locker room who began to don the armband last season.

The Markham, Ontario native had returned to Calgary this offseason to train with former side Cavalry FC, having made ten appearances for them between 2019-2020 before seeking a fresh start with York United.

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Niko has played abroad before, spending several years in Australia. Before his time in the CPL, he featured for Devonport, Broadmeadow Magic, and Launceston City, where he became viral for the good ol’ slice of cheese.

It’s still unclear what Finnish side might be interested in Niko, who declined to comment on where his next steps may take him. At York United, it still remains who the new international goalkeeper is who will compete for a roster spot beside Eleias Himaras.

Whatever happens next, Niko will step into his next chapter having amassed 65 professional appearances split between York United and Cavalry FC, having once also ridden the bench for the Vancouver Whitecaps.

Header Image Photo Credit: John Jacques

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