Recently appointed Sydney Olympic coach Terry Palapanis, has added several new players to the first team squad and the fans are hoping they will make an immediate impact and help the team return to the heights of 2018 when they captured the NSW NPL title.
The new signings promise to bring excitement and flair to the team as they include two experienced wingers who have an A-League pedigree.
They are pacey left winger Adam Parkhouse (aged 27) signed from Manly United. A former NSW NPL player of the year, Parkhouse was at Wellington Phoenix for two seasons 2016-18 where he made 36 first-team appearances.
He’ll be joined at Belmore Sports Ground by another experienced winger, Portuguese-born Fabio Ferreira (30), who joins from Souuh Australia NPL club Adelaide City.
A-League fans will remember Ferreira who made 124 A-League appearances and has 30 goals under his belt with A-League clubs Adelaide United, Central Coast Mariners, Sydney FC and Perth Glory.
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Coach Palapanis has also recruited a quartet of players who played under him at his former club, Sutherland Sharks, in season 2019. These are midfielder Bai Antoniou (22), Spanish-born attacker Raul Beneit-Romero, up-and-coming young forward Alexander Lopez, and 24-year-old goalkeeper Anthony Bouzanis, whose brother, Dean, plays for Melbourne City in the A-League.
Anthony is expected to take over as first-choice keeper from club evergreen Paul Henderson, who will remain as stand-by keeper whilst officially taking on the role as the club’s goal-keeping coach.
The six new recruits will join the 14 players listed who were part of Olympic’s 2019 squad, including their top goal-scorer over the previous two seasons, Alejandro Sanchez.
Others re-signed for the 2020 campaign include club legend Will Angel; skipper James Madonis; Hagi Gligor; Nicola Kuleski; Darcy Burgess; Jack Stewart; Zac Mackenzie; Tom Whiteside; Nik Tsattalios; Dimi Petratos; Bill Patramanis; Peter Kekeris; and Giovanni Panuccio.