Greek top-flight side Panetolikos are lining up a move for Rovers goalkeeper Antonis Stergiakis.

Stergiakis is yet to make a senior appearance for Rovers since joining from Slavia Sofia in 2020, and while nothing has yet been agreed, a move to his native Greece is in the works.

The 23-year-old still has two years left to run on his deal at Ewood Park, but looks set to move on, with Panetolikos keen to do a deal.

Stergiakis, a former Greece Under-21 international, played six times for Rovers Under-23s in 2021/22 and was twice on the bench for the senior side.

Across his two season spell, Stergiakis has played 15 times for the Under-23s but failed to make an appearance for the first-team.

He was signed on the European deadline day in 2020, becoming Rovers’ second goalkeeping signing of the summer following the arrival Thomas Kaminski. Despite that, Rovers still moved for Aynsley Pears which pushed Stergiakis down to third choice, while Jordan Eastham has also now edged ahead of him in the pecking order.

With Joe Hilton back from his loan at Hamilton Academical, and with still a year left to run on his contract, Rovers would be unlikely to stand in Stergiakis’ way.

Stergiakis was highly-rated as a teenager, winning five caps for Greece at Under-21s level and representing his country throughout his youth.

He also played 78 times for Bulgarian side Slavia Sofia, with a move to Panetolikos, who finished ninth in the Greek top flight, potentially on the cards.

With Eastham having signed a one-year extension, professional terms offered to Felix Goddard and Hilton still under contract, as well as Kaminski and Pears, Stergiakis’ will have a task on breaking through at Rovers and would likely see a move as best for his career.

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