Pantazopolous signs scholarship deal

Western Sydney Wanderers FC have today confirmed the signing of defender Anthony Pantazopolous on a one-year scholarship deal for the upcoming Isuzu UTE A-Leagues season.

The Victorian National Premier League and Community Shield Champion joins the Red & Black after playing in the top-flight of the Victorian National Premier League (NPL) competition with heavyweights Oakleigh Cannons.

The defender has featured in 11 matches and scored one goal this season and is one of the rising stars of the competition.

This season is set to be Pantazopolous’ first in the A-Leagues competition with Oakleigh Cannons General Manager Aki Ionnas wishing him all the best.

“Anthony has been a great player for the club and he has evolved so much since we got him and we wish him all the best,” said Ionnas.

“Oakleigh is his family and he is always welcome back at the club. We leave on great terms and on behalf of the club wish him all the best to go higher and bigger.”

Head coach Marko Rudan welcomed Anthony to the club.

“We welcome Anthony to the Wanderers and look forward to continuing his growth here in Western Sydney,” said Rudan.

“We have had our eye on Anthony for quite some time and are eager to see him impress in our set-up.

“We would also like to thank Oakleigh Cannons for their role in Anthony’s development so far and wish them all the best for the remainder of the season.”

Anthony said he was eager for the challenge and ready to step up.

“This is a big move for me. It’s extremely exciting and I am happy to be joining the Western Sydney Wanderers,” said Pantazopolous.

“It is one of, if not, the biggest club in the country with an amazing supporter base. I am looking forward to getting on the pitch and working hard to get results with the team.

“I made my debut in the Victorian NPL when I was 16 and never looked back. I have grown a lot through the years, both mentally and physically, having played in big games such as beating Sydney FC in the Australia Cup last year.

“I am looking forward to meeting my new teammates and learning from head coach Marko Rudan and his staff. I am ready for the challenge of playing against the best forwards in the country.

“The Wanderers went really well last season, so I am hoping we can go even better this season and take the trophy.”