NPL Victoria side Dandenong Thunder has signalled their ambitions for 2019, announcing the signing of Peter Skapetis on Monday evening.
A product of the FFV NTC, Skapetis spent time with English sides Birmingham City, Queens Park Rangers and Stoke City in the early years of his professional career before repeated devastating knee injuries forced the former Young Socceroo and Olyroo to return to Australia.
THUNDER SIGN SKAPETIS
Dandenong Thunder FC are thrilled to acquire the services of Central Coast Mariner Peter Skapetis and have tonight signed the 23 year old attacker. The former Brisbane Roar talent has committed until at least the end of the NPL Victoria 2020 season🔴⚫️ pic.twitter.com/mSmQEiAdds
— Dandenong Thunder FC (@DandyThunderFC) September 24, 2018
Signing with the Brisbane Roar ahead of the 2017-18 season, Skapetis made 14 appearances in Orange before making a midseason move to the Central Coast Mariners.
He went on to make a further five A-League appearances in Gosford, scoring in the Mariners Round 19 loss to Western Sydney Wanderers before his contract expired at the end of the season.
“I’m excited,” Skapetis said on the Dandenong Thunder Facebook page.
“I’m looking forward to beginning this new journey at the Thunder.
“I would like to thank the club for the opportunity given and I hope for a successful and prosperous season ahead.”
Signing until the end of the 2020 NPL VIC season, Skapetis’ addition will give the Thunder what is already looming as the most powerful one-two punch in NPL VIC; the 23-year-old expected to form a lethal partnership with 2018 Golden Boot and Bill Fleming Award Winner Brandon Barnes, who re-signed with the south-east Melbourne club earlier in the week.
The Thunder finished in the eighth position on the NPL VIC table in 2018, their first season in the Victorian top flight after winning the NPL2 Eastern Conference the year prior.
The club has in recent days removed the interim label from Head Coach Veton Korcari for 2019, as well as re-signed captain Brendan Elmazovski.