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Lawrence and Vivian officially unveiled
- Updated: August 13, 2012
PAOK have officially unveiled new signings Liam Lawrence and Matheus Vivian, after both players put pen to paper on two-year deals with the club.
The arrival of the two players comes just days after Russian businessman Ivan Savvidis bought a majority stake in the Thessaloniki club, as it begins a financial revival.
And while the signing of Vivian brings defensive reinforcement following the departure of Greece international Stelios Malezas, it is the capture of Lawrence that has made headlines.
A veteran of the English Premier League, he spent the second half of last season on-loan at Championship club Cardiff City and joins PAOK on a free transfer from Portsmouth.
“PAOK has [been involved in] a lot of European campaigns and it is normal for a player to come here,” Lawrence said at his unveiling. “Why shouldn’t we be one of the contenders for the title?”
The former Stoke City winger said he was looking forward to the challenge of competing in “one of the best leagues in Europe” and likened PAOK to the English Premier League team.
“I know the common mentality of the Greek and Irish fans well; I know that PAOK fans are passionate.
“They are like Stoke fans: they want to give their all for the team and they generally rally around the team.”
Lawrence and Vivian will need to integrate themselves into Giorgos Donis’ squad ahead of the start of the Greek Super League season, as well as a Europa League play-off tie with Rapid Wien on August 23.