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Xanthi FC continue clinical signings as Super League 2 season opener looms

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Xanthi FC have been busy the past two weeks recruiting top players to join their squad ahead of their Greek Super League 2 season opener on October 26.

Xanthi FC officially announced the signings of Dutch winger Randy Wolters, and Greek defenders Manolis Roussaki and Thanasi Panteliadis in the past two days.

Wolters has played with 6 different teams in the Netherlands, along with Dundee FC in the Scottish championship. With his total 294 appearances (39 goals, 38 assists) in all competitions, he will strengthen the Xanthi attacking force.

24-year-old defender Roussaki spent two years in the SL2 with Platanias and will look to be a strong young prospect in the experienced Xanthi FC first team.

Panteliadis has arrived at Xanthi with more than 300 participations in SL / SL2 / FL having started his career at Ethnikos Katerini F.C. and continuing with multiple clubs, including Europa League Cypriot team Omonia Nicosia.

The three new recruits will be joined by a host of Australian talent, including Paul Izzo and Matthew Jurman, who were brought in by former Perth Glory head coach Tony Popovic, now leading the side in Greece.

Bill Papas (President Xanthi FC), Tony Popovic and Damon Hanlin. Photo: Supplied

Popovic took part in the clubs first official press conference on Wednesday, along with new Greek Australian owner Bill Papas. The club managers laid out the early stages of their plans this season, putting large focus on the development of their youth academies.

Bill Papas, along with Xanthi FC board member Damon Hanlin, have developed their football academy expertise from running NSW NPL side Sydney Olympic FC, looking to replicate the same success in Greece.

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