Date: Fri 06 Oct 2017

Bangor sign former Swan Demetriou

Bangor City have signed striker James Demetriou, 22, who was a free agent following his release from Cypriot-side Karmiotissa Pano Polemidia, who were relegated from the Cypriot first division last season.

James Demetriou has joined Bangor City

James Demetriou has joined Bangor City

The acquisition of the six-foot forward comes the day after former Wales International striker Daniel Nardiello was released by the club, by mutual consent.

In 2013-14, the Australian-born Cypriot was given a two-year professional contract at Nottingham Forest having impressed locally at Sydney Olympic. He didn't make a first team appearance at the City Ground, but did receive his first international cap for Cyprus Under 21.

After continuing with a run of goals in the Under 21 league, Demetriou was offered an extension to his contract, but signed for Swansea City in June 2014, on a two-year deal.
At the Liberty Stadium, Demetriou played with friend and former Bangor starlet Henry Jones, as they helped the reserves win the U21 Premier League Title.

In June 2015, the youngster was fined £700 and reprimanded by The FA, after admitting to 13 breaches of the FA's Rule E8 on football betting, which related to thirteen bets placed on football matches between December 3, 2013, and January 21, 2015.

A loan spell with Wealdstone Rovers followed in March 2016, before his return to Cyprus. He scored for Barrow in a pre-season friendly in August, but he didn't sign for the Conference side.

Demetriou is expected to make his Citizens debut away at Bala Town on Saturday as International Clearance was received from the Cypriot FA on Friday morning.

Citizens Manager Kevin Nicholson said:

“We are very pleased with the signing of James and we look forward to working with him. He is a young player with good pedigree and will add to our options in the striking department. He has represented clubs including Nottingham Forest and Swansea City as well as being capped by Cyprus at Under-21 level. He arrives at the club with a hunger to score goals and make an impact in the JD Welsh Premier League.”

Assistant Manager Gary Taylor-Fletcher added:

“James is eager to prove himself. He is a hard-working goal scorer and will give another dimension to our attacking play. He has been highly recommended by former teammate Henry Jones, and impressed during his time with Nottingham Forest and Swansea City. He has all the ingredients to be a major success for Bangor City.”

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