Friday, March 12, 2010
Former Stetson University striker Eugene Starikov will be spending the 2010 Russian Premier League season with FC Tom Tomsk on loan from Zenith St. Petersburg.

Starikov, who was born in the former Soviet Union in the Ukranian city of Odessa, played high school soccer in Clearwater, Florida before spending one season with the Hatters.

The 21 year-old dual citizen left Stetson to pursue opportunities in his native Ukraine before landing with the Zenit youth team where he played in 22 matches during the 2009 season and scored six goals.

The 2008 UEFA Cup champions publicly expressed their desire to give the former Sunshine State resident some more playing time and were finally able to reach an agreement with Tomsk which the club says will expire after the 2010 RPL season.

"I [can] confirm the [loan] information about Eugene Starikov," said Zenith Press Office Eugene Gusev to YA. "This year he will play for FC Tom Tomsk."

Tomsk is based in Siberia and finished ninth in last season RPL. Starikov will look to bring his goal-scoring prowess when Tomsk open their 2010 campaign this weekend versus FC Rostov.