New Melbourne Victory recruit Terry Antonis admits he has not given up hope of returning one day to play soccer in Europe, despite having signed on with the A-League club until 2020.
The talented 24-year-old described his stint with Dutch club VVV Venlo as character-building after he failed to cement a spot in the strong line-up, but he hopes the overseas experience will help his game with Victory.
“I learned a lot about myself, my character and [I] had to be strong,” Antonis said.
“That’s football. [You] just have to move on from it. It’s difficult going over there.”
Antonis is an A-League veteran having played with Sydney FC and Western Sydney Wanderers and will add class to Victory’s midfield.
He said he chose to play with Victory because he wanted to return to a big club and learn under Kevin Muscat.
Victory also signed veteran defender Dino Djulbic on a short-term contract to fill a defensive gap left by injury to James Donachie and Thomas Deng’s stint with the Olyroos.
Djulbic said he preferred to sign a short-term deal so he could keep his options open at the end of the season having just returned from a stint in Malaysia.
He said he might add some strength around goal when needed, to add to his defensive game.
“I’ll try to do [my] best and [hopefully] pop up on set pieces and possibly score a couple of goals,” Djulbic said.
Meanwhile because of the forecast hot weather, the FFA has decided to start Saturday’s clash between Victory and Central Coast Mariners back 15 minutes to start the match at 6pm AEST.
With both Victory and Melbourne City playing games in Victoria on Saturday the FFA made the decision to make just a slight shift to the crowded schedule in the expectation a cool change will occur at some stage during the evening.