20-year-old Greek Australian defender Nectarios Triantis officially made his English Championship debut for Sunderland AFC on Saturday, November 11.
Triantis was called up to play on Saturday after Sunderland’s centre-back, Dennis Cirkin pulled out after suffering a hamstring injury.
Triantis put in a full shift and played a part in the winner as Sunderland beat Birmingham City 3-1 to move up to sixth place on the leader board.
The Greek Australian youth international was involved in the goal that put Sunderland 2-1 up, with Trai Howe’s looped header across goal from a short corner seeing Triantis and Emmanuel Aiwu contest with the Brum defender’s attempted clearance cannoning off teammate Dion Sanderson and into the back of the net.
Triantis’ coach, Tony Mowbray said the soccer player was originally supposed to be on the bench but his performance didn’t disappoint.
“He’s come in and played a part in the goal and helped the team win,” Mowbray said.
“I’m really pleased because he’s an amazing young man.
“He’s hopefully got a big future at this club. For him to get chucked in two minutes before kick-off was amazing and I’m so happy for him, he’s such a nice kid.”
Source: GGA Travel.