Today, we’re continuing our new series titled ‘Once A Rover’, in which we detail the career of those players to have played for Rovers’ youth teams, but never got the chance to represent the first team in a senior league fixture.
Last time out, we covered the career of English forward Osayamen Osawe, which you can check out using the link at the end of this article.
Today’s instalment focuses on the career of Stoke-born defensive midfielder Rostyn Griffiths, who began his career with Australian club ECU Joondalup.
At the age of 15, Griffiths returned to England and signed for Rovers, linking up for the academy – later to be joined by his brother Brent (who we’ll discuss at a later date).
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Griffiths progressed through the ranks at Brockhall, and 2008 saw him head out on two seperate loan spells to gain experience in senior football. January saw him link up with Gretna of the Scottish leagues. A loan spell at Accrington Stanley followed later that year, where Rostyn scored his first professional goal.
After failing to make a senior appearance for Rovers, he departed in 2009 and February of that year saw him return to Australia to sign as an injury replacement player.
Griffiths moved on in the summer of 2009, signed for North Queensland Fury, starting their first ever A-League match and scoring their first goal in that fixture.
He spent just one season with Fury, before moving to fellow A-League side Central Coast Mariners in 2010. Two years with the club saw him feature as a regular in that side, until a move to the Chinese Super League with Guangzhou R&F arose – with the country’s footballing reputation growing around the time.
2014 saw Griffiths return to Australia, signing for Perth Glory, where he spent a year, before a move to newly promoted Dutch side Roda JC – the fifth country he had played football in the last seven years.
He spent one year with De Koempels before once again returning to Perth Glory, spending a further year there before Pakhtakor Tashkent of Uzbekistan (yes, you read that right) signed Griffiths.
As has become the norm in this instalment, it was a solitary season at his latest club for Griffiths, and he returned to Australia with Melbourne City in 2018.
Griffiths remains with Melbourne to this day – his longest senior spell at a club – and he has made six appearances this season at the time of writing.
It has been a varied career for Griffiths, but one that will have provided him with plenty of experiences and memories.
We’ll cover the career of Rostyn’s brother Brent in future instalments, but for now, you can check out the other players we have covered by clicking their names below.
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