It’s that time again… We are interviewing another footballer, this time Cyprus recent international and Ross County new signing Stelios Demetriou. We talk about his year and a half service at St Mirren, his aims for this season with Ross County, and much more.
The Cyprian was a key factor in St Mirren’s Championship winning season. Stelios started 17 games in the Scottish Championship and came off the bench in six fixtures. He was later released and spent a short time as a free agent. Ross County were the team to get the attacking wing backs signature as he sets his sights on another promotion campaign in the Scottish Championship.
The interview can be seen below:
How did it feel when you found out you were in the squad for the national team? from Blair Finnie
“When I found out that I got my first senior call up for the national team I felt really proud and happy that I got the rewarded for all my hard work and good time playing for St Mirren.”
Stelios made his Cyprus debut against Jordan, where he came off the bench in the 87th minute. The Cyprian wasn’t on the pitch long enough to make a real impact and Jordan came away eventual winners, winning 3-0.
How did it feel to become a fan favourite at the Paisley 2021 (The Simple Digital Arena) stadium in one and a half seasons? Often it takes players years to build a relationship with fans, but you seemed to be loved by all Buddies fans.
“Yes, becoming the fans favourite in 1 and half season was great, and to be honest I felt the same for them since they made me feel like home from the first minute I signed for the club. Every time I was on the park I was giving my best for the clubs and for the fans.”
A tribute video was made for Stelios, you can tell from the first clip how adored he was by The Buddies fans. The song that was dedicated to Stelios was titled “Super Stellios”, you can see why the fans loved him with his blistering runs and neat finishes.
What was your best moment playing for St Mirren? from Christopher Adam
“My best moment playing for St Mirren was lifting the trophy in front of a full St Mirren park, which gave me goosebumps!”
What was your upbringing like, it says you were born in London, but have spent most of your career in Cyprus?
“I was born in London but I moved to Cyprus when I was a young age and played most of my career in Cyprus.”
Dimetriou has a wealth of playing experience in Cyprus and has represented several clubs. His youth career started at Apollon Limassol, before moving to Nikos & Sokratis Erimis where he made his competitive debut and scored his first career goal. Stelios also played for Akritas Chlorakas and Ermis Aradippou before moving to Bulgaria and playing for Lokomotiv Plovdiv. The Cyprian then returned home to play for Akropolis IF and Doxa Katokopias.
In January 2017 Jack Ross signed Stelios as part of a massive player overhaul. After showing a promising start to his career in Scotland he was then offered a year extension in June. Unfortunately after the most recent season where St Mirren lifted the Scottish Championship, he wasn’t offered a new contract. I ask him his thoughts in the next question.
What was your initial thoughts when you were told that you weren’t going to be given another contract?
“When I found out that I was leaving St Mirren it was a bit emotional and sad for me because in the 1 and half season that I was there I felt that I got really close with the fans and the whole club, but that’s how football goes.”
As a St Mirren fan myself, I was shocked at the news that Stelios wasn’t going to be given a contract extension. Although he never really cemented a starting position, he was a fantastic utility player who was comfortable playing a number of roles in the teams set up.
Where would you say your best position is? We know you are more than capable of playing with either foot and have seen you play in several positions?
“I will say my best position is a wing back because, like most know I like to get forward and help in attack and as a wing back you can get more forward, left or right works the same for me.”
Stellios is very comfortable with either foot and has showcased this over his career, playing at both wing back roles during his time at St Mirren. The Cyprian has been influential in both positions and has 3 assists in his 35 Championship game spell with the Paisley club.
You have just signed for Ross County, what was your initial thoughts when the offer was on the table?
“When I received the offer from Ross County I asked some people I knew that have played before there and told me the best about the club, I went up met the managers and had a look around and it was an easy decision to make.”
We actually had a question about his future, and where he thought it would be, however when carrying out the interview we found out that Stelios would be joining Ross County and staying in Scotland. We are all delighted with the news that Stelios is remaining in Scotland and carrying out his football in the Scottish Championship.
You will be working with both Steven Ferguson and Stuart Kettlewell. Are you excited to work with two managers instead of just one? Have you ever been at a club where their are joint managers?
“It’s the first time I will be working with a partnership of managers but everybody that knows them has to say only the best so I’m sure it will be a great experience.”
It is becoming more common to have a management duo as shown in recent years with Salford City FC, where Anthony Johnson and Bernard Morley jointly managed the team. They have both been appointed managers of Chester City FC in recent weeks.
There can be many problems with having two managers, but the Cyprian seems confident it will be a move in the right direction, after all, two brains are better than one.
What are your aims for the season with The Staggies? Having just been relegated from the Scottish Premier League, are your eyes set on bouncing back up?
“Ross County are a Premier League side, it’s going to be a really hard championship this season but my targets always as a player is the highest.”
In the 2016/17 season The Staggies finished 6th and top of the bottom half league split, but that wasn’t enough for them to progress the next season. Ross County finished the season in 12th, therefore were relegated from the Scottish Premier League. They finished the season with 29 points winning 6 from 38. They are looking to bounce back to the Premier League, back to where they belong, according to Stelios.
We wish Stelios Demetriou the very best of luck at his new club, Ross County. We hope he has a very successful first season and gains promotion with the club. Everyone at Dictate the Game would like to thank you for taking the time out of your schedule to answer our questions. It has been a privilege to speak to you and ask you these questions.
We look forward to seeing the Cyprian’s international and club career take it’s next steps in the forthcoming months.
Oh, before we go, Stelios, your hair is absolutely fantastic.
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