Prolific goal-poacher Peter Skapetis has joined English Premier League side, Stoke City, for an undisclosed fee. Joining Mark Hughes at the Potters from Queens Park Rangers is a move the Australian youth international felt he had to make although it was not an easy one.
“I made good friendships and great memories from my time at QPR winning championships and top goal scoring accolades,” Skapetis told Football Central.
“I feel being in that professional environment now for the last couple of years has done me wonders and even though it is sad to move on its the best decision for my career and my development.
“Saying that I feel I’ve developed really well at the club and I thank them for the opportunity I was given to pursue my footballing career in the UK.”
Last calendar year was a breakthrough one for the young striker who became a regular for Paul Okon’s Young Socceroos squads and he averaged close to a goal-a-game for both club and country. This rich vein of form and confidence in his own ability has given him the belief he can succeed at the next level.
“My contract was coming up at the end of the season and I had to sit down and think about what the best move for me was to further my career,” Skapetis explained. “And I feel that, that is at Stoke.”
He has already had a taste of this level in trial matches for Stoke against Aston Villa’s and Chelsea’s U21 sides which despite not scoring in either game led them to sign the promising forward. Stoke currently sit in 18th position in the U21 Premier League which is the top league in England for youth football (QPR U21s play in the U21 PDL 2).
“I’ve always felt I’m good enough to be playing against the best in the country and by being at a club like Stoke there fixtures are able to offer that,” said Skapetis. “Also the exposure of Stoke City I feel will give me the perfect platform to succeed.
“I hope to finish off the season with Stoke really well, giving me a perfect platform going into preseason in July.”
First team football is the goal for every young footballer, however, Skapetis remains cautiously optimistic about his chances knowing he still has development as player to undergo yet is encouraged by Stoke’s promotion of their youth players.
“My main aim is obviously to break into the first team but progress and develop the best way I can in the u21′s to further my development.
“Also a club like Stoke promotes its young players which was another key component of me wanting to come to the club.”