Former Republic of Ireland international Anthony Stokes has taken his career in a surprising new direction.
Having been released by Greek side Apollon Smyrni in April, the 29-year-old had recently been training with Scottish Premiership side St. Mirren, possibly with a view to returning to the league in which he has had the most success in his career.
However, Iranian side Tractor Sazi have confirmed that Stokes has joined them on a two-year deal.
After Forrester, now Anthony Stokes is the latest player to make the move to Tractor Sazi to play for John Toshack. The 29 year old Irish striker has joined the club on a 2 year contract. pic.twitter.com/LoRfKie8s0
— Sina Saemian (@Sinaa_sa) July 19, 2018
Stoke joins former Rangers striker Harry Forrester in moving to the Persian Golf Pro League side, managed by former Liverpool midfielder and Real Madrid boss John Toshack.
The forward, who made nine senior Republic of Ireland appearances between 2007 and 2014, will be hoping that this move can signal an end to something of a turbulent period of the player’s career.
Stokes’ spell in Greece lasted just eight weeks before his contract was terminated (with reports that he had been absent from training for a week prior to his departure), not long after his third spell at Hibernian had come to a premature end after he was found to have broken the club’s disciplinary rules.