BRENT LATHAM - Friday, July 25, 2008
American Nick Gkionis is currently on trial with Championship club Barnsley.
The 23-year old Gkionis was named to the bench, but didn't see action Wednesday in a pre-season draw against Conference side York City. The match ended 2-2.
"We have another friendly coming up this weekend," Gkionis said, "I should play."
The midfielder is a former first team All-American defender at NCAA Division III Stephens Institute of Technology in New Jersey.
The son of a Greek father and Cypriot mother, he spent last season with MEAP Nisou in the Cypriot Second Division, where he scored three goals in 20 appearances.
He played a year in the youth system of in MLS at New York before moving to Cyprus.
"The coach has told me I'm doing well. Barnsley is a tough to side to crack," Gkionis told YA of his latest trial, after spending a week with Coca-Cola League One Crewe Alexandra. "They have a lot of experienced players."
At Crewe, Gkionis was caught in a numbers game, he says. "They were looking to get rid of some players more than to sign anyone," he said.
If things don't work out at Barnsley, Gkionis is lining up another trial for next week. He has come to England looking to catch on where he can, he says.
"I'm here to stay," Gkionis said. "I'm not here just for the experience." He says he would be willing to catch on with a League One or Two side, or even a Conference team.