DUSTIN BECK - Tuesday, December 14, 2010
American born netminder Chris Konopka, who was most recently with Waterford United of the Irish League First Division, says he is still in the mix for a roster spot with Jagiellonia Bialystok of Poland.
Jagiellonia is in first place with 30 points at the halfway point of the Ekstraklasa season. This also marks the winter break for Polish clubs.
Konopka indicated that he is no longer in Poland but will be returning to continue training with the team soon.
"I am not [in Poland]," Konopka told YA. "Last weekend was the start of their winter break, the league in Poland takes five weeks off in December and January so my trial finished up on Sunday there."
Jagiellonia is very young overall at keeper the oldest of the three they currently have on contract is just 21 years old.
Konopka stated that he has been invited back when the team resumes their winter training an a few weeks.
"They have invited me back into camp in January when they travel to Turkey for a mid-season preseason," he confirmed.
While Konopka has not been offered a contract yet, and it's just agreement at this point for him to continue winter training with the club in Turkey next month, it looks to be a positive development for the young American goalkeeper.