Michael Thalassitis became the club’s first signing from the newly formed Centre of Excellence, penning his first professional contract at the end of the 2010/11 season.
He had earned his deal with the club after scoring 17 goals in 26 games for the Under 18s side, including a hat trick in the final game of the season against Wycombe Wanderers. He made his mark on the Reserve side too, 7 games yielded 2 goals and training with the first team followed.
He showed his versatility on occasions, the brightest example of which came away to Dover Athletic in a pre season friendly where he deputised at right back whilst he has also played in the centre of defence, midfield, and on the wings in a 4-3-3 formation.
During the 2011/12 season he enjoyed a fruitful loan spell with Blue Square South side Boreham Wood. He played 11 games for the side, scoring 5 goals and left the club not far off of the play off places after joining them in the relegation zone.
He made a step up to Blue Square Premier with a further loan spell and Hayes and Yeading United and again showed his natural ability for scoring goals. He netted three times in five before being recalled to an injury ravaged Stevenage attack.
The following season he made four first team appearances before moving on loan to Cambridge United and then returning to Boreham Wood on loan.
His international career has also taken off with multiple call ups to the Cypriot Under 19 side including being part of the squad for the 2012 UEFA European U19 Elite Qualification Group.