Terry Antonis is ready to go one step further this A-League Men’s season with the Red & Black.
Having linked up with the club just over a month ago after his arrival from Korea, Antonis has been working his way back to full fitness after having surgery in the off-season.
“It’s been good to be back. I’ve been getting back to full fitness now,” said Antonis.
“I’m just coming back from surgery so it’s been a lot of running which is the not-so-fun bit but I’m getting there.”
The 2021/22 season will mark the second time that Antonis has donned the Red & Black hoops in his career, having played for the club during the 2016/17 season where he helped guide the club to their last Finals appearance.
Antonis this time returns to a different Wanderers, with new facilities and new teammates.
“It’s very different to when I first came to the club, it’s an amazing set-up and it’s a high standard,” said Antonis.
“To be able to come in as a professional every day and to be able to use the facility and have everything on and off the pitch it helps to become a good athlete.
“It’ll be good to play with the likes of Dimi (Petratos) and Bernie (Ibini) as they are players that I have grew up with since I was young.
“We have a good connection but also with Rhys (Williams) and Jimmy (Troisi), I’ve played with them in the past.
“So I think it will be good to have that connection again to be able to put that on the pitch and make some magic happen.”
With sights set on a massive 2021/22 A-League Men’s season, there’s no better way to kick-off the Wanderers new campaign than with a Sydney Derby on home turf.
Having played on both sides and knowing the explosive nature of the match, Antonis is determined to bring success back to the club and it all starts with the first match.
“A Derby is always a massive game and for me, to be able to kick the season off like that is a good way to start the season,” said Antonis.
“It would be good to get the win and make sure our season keeps going that way.
“I was lucky enough in Korea to win silverware over there and it was good to win something overseas.
“Coming back to the A-League now, I’ve played here before so I know the level and the speed of the game here.
“So to be able to come back and try to do something for the club, to win as many games as we can and win a Championship for the club is one of my main goals.”