Greek Australian Nectarios Triantis signs with UK football club

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Nectarios Triantis has completed his transfer to Sunderland AFC from Central Coast Mariners.

The defender has signed a four-year contract at the Stadium of Light and becomes the Club’s second summer signing, following the arrival of Luis Hemir Silva Semedo from S. L. Benfica.

Triantis featured 26 times for the Mariners during the 2022-23 campaign, as the Australian outfit won their first A-League title since 2013 courtesy of a 6-1 Grand Final victory over Melbourne City.

Born in Sydney, the Australia youth international has represented the Socceroos at Under-20 and 23 level, whilst also spending time with Sydney FC and Western Sydney Wanderers during the early stages of his career.

After arriving on Wearside, Triantis said: “I’m buzzing to be here – I just can’t wait to get started and play in front of the fans at this historic stadium.”

“When a massive Club like Sunderland comes in, you can never say no. It was a dream to have won the league with Central Coast Mariners, but now I hope to enjoy similar success with Sunderland,” Triantis added.

The Club’s Sporting Director Kristjaan Speakman said: “Nectar’s progressed rapidly over the last 12 months – at both club and international level – and we are delighted that he selected Sunderland as his next step.”

“On the pitch, and in possession, we feel he’s well aligned to our playing identity, whilst also possessing the balance of being a robust defender, which is vital in our league,” Speakman continued.

“We’ll be patient as he adjusts to new surroundings and adapts to a new style of play in a higher league, but we are confident that he’s got the personality to progress and develop his game.”

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