MICHAEL ADUBATO - Monday, June 29, 2009
With the departure of Oguchi Onyewu from Standard Liege, American Nick Gkionis will join the city's other team, Royal Liege, on a one year contract.
The former first team All-American from NCAA Division III Stevens Institute of Technology in New Jersey is set to fly into Belgium today and put pen to paper for the second division team.
"I am planning on signing once I arrive there on Monday," the New Jersey native told YA.
Gkionis, who was on the books of Royal Racing Montegnée of the Provincial League in Belgium last season, is optimistic about the short move.
"It feels great to sign a contract especially with Royal Liege because it is a historic club with a lot of support."
"I like the area of Liege so I am happy that it won't be a big change of scenery as Royal Liege is right down the street from my old club."
The 24-year-old becomes the first American to play for Royal Liege and is also the first player to move within the country to a professional team from the Montegnée academy since its inception last July.
"I'm now looking forward to pre-season to get to know everyone and become part of the team. I have met most of the guys when I was there on trial but that was just for a week or so."
The American is optimistic about his future as well as that of the second division team.
"I think anything is possible so the club's goal is obviously to win promotion."