Western Sydney Wanderers FC is excited to announce the return of Terry Antonis to the club for the 2021/22 A-League season on a three-year deal.
Antonis joins from K-League club Suwon Samsung Bluewings, who he joined from Melbourne Victory in 2019, going on to win the Korean FA Cup in his first season at the club.
A familiar face to the Wanderers faithful, Antonis played in the Red & Black in the 2016/17 season including in the club’s third AFC Champions League campaign and in the A-League Finals Series.
The 27-year-old midfielder will join the Wanderers from Korea in the coming weeks with his wife and young daughter to link-up with his team mates for pre-season training.
Antonis said he was excited to be coming home to Western Sydney and continuing to grow as a footballer.
“I’m 27 now, this is an important moment for me, I’ve learned a lot about myself on and off the field, I want to keep learning every day, so to be able to put that into training and into games,” said Antonis.
“I’ve enjoyed my time in Korea for the past couple of years, it was good to be at a big club in Korea but I am looking forward to coming home.
“Obviously being from the West it is very exciting to be coming home, I spoke to the coach (Carl Robinson) and I spoke to JT (CEO John Tsatsimas) and I want to win things with the Wanderers, I want to give all I can for the club and help us get to the finals.”
While it has been some time since Antonis has been in Australia due to travel restrictions in place during the global pandemic, he said he looked forward to coming home to see his family again.
“It’s been two years since I was last in Sydney,” Antonis continued.
“To see my brother is now in the U20s squad at the Wanderers Academy* is brilliant, it would be awesome to one day play on the same pitch together. If he can make the same steps I did, I hope it can happen one day and I can’t wait to see him and my family again coming home to Sydney.”
Wanderers CEO John Tsatsimas said it was fantastic to welcome home another son of Western Sydney to the club.
“Welcoming Terry back to the club is fantastic, it brings home another Western Sydney footballer to play in front of family and friends and is very important to what we are continuing to build at this club,” said Tsatsimas.
“Terry is an experienced footballer returning to Australia after a strong showing in the K-League and we look forward to having him join our group in the coming weeks.”
Antonis will arrive in Australia and link up with the club when it is suitable for him to travel from Korea to Sydney and his mandatory quarantine period.
Antonis will wear the number 29 jersey this season.
*George Antonis is currently in the Wanderers U20s squad having joining the Wanderers Academy in November 2015.