From playing in the Europa League against Belgian giants Anderlecht to turning out for Dumbarton against Connah’s Quay Nomads in the Challenge Cup, it’s been quite a football journey for new Sons signing Dimitris Froxylias.

Manager Stevie Aitken described him as a player who would get “bums off seats” after signing the 24-year-old, and he did just that when he fired a 120th minute free-kick home against their Welsh opponents at the Rock on Saturday.

Born in Greece, Froxylias became AEK Athens youngest ever player to represent the club in a European tie when he came on against Anderlecht in 2010.

After his stint in Greece, he moved to Cyprus, where he represented the national team at under-19 and under-21 level.

And the 24-year-old said he wants to stay in Scottish football as long as he can, insisting the standard is much higher over here.

He said: “The football here is a bit different style to Greek. I didn’t want to stay there because Scottish football is better. The pace is faster and the level is much better. I want to play here and I think I can.

“I’m very glad to be part of this team. It was a tough game but the result was good, I’m very happy to score a goal but the important thing was the win.”

Froxylias had trials with Dunfermline, St Mirren and Shamrock Rovers, and his current deal with Sons is till January.

But the midfielder just wants to play football again, after missing large parts of last year due to injury.

He added: “Last year I didn’t play a lot because I was injured. Now I want to play again.

“I don’t know what’s going to happen after Christmas, but I want to stay and focus with Dumbarton.”