Greek Australian, Jonathan Aspropotamitis, and Cypriot Australian, Antonis Martis, are set to play in the upcoming A-League season after signing with Perth Glory and Macarthur FC respectively.
Perth Glory has confirmed that 24-year-old Jonathan Aspropotamitis signed for the club, with head coach, Richard Garcia, saying he has “enormous potential.”
“Jonathan has always had a good reputation and enormous potential and we’re confident that he can fulfil that potential with us,” Garcia said.
Central defender Aspropotamitis played for Western United last season having previously made more than 40 A-League appearances for Western Sydney Wanderers and spent a year with the Central Coast Mariners.
The former Australia Under-20 and Under-23 international is looking forward to a new challenge in the West, having signed for the duration of the club’s AFC Champions League campaign.
“I’m very excited to have signed for Perth Glory,” Aspropotamitis said.
“I can’t wait to firstly meet the boys and everyone at the club and secondly get over to Doha for the games in the AFC Champions League.
“It’s always a good experience to play in the ACL, so hopefully we can do really well and get through into the knockout rounds.”
Macarthur FC also announced that 20-year-old Antonis Martis has joined the club on loan from Danish Superliga side FC Midtjylland.
Raised in south-west Sydney, the Cypriot Australian joins Milicic’s inaugural Bulls squad for the 2020/21 A-League season starting on December 27.
A graduate of the FC Midtjylland academy and youth programs, Martis spent the preseason with the reigning Danish top-flight champions.
The talented central midfielder amassed 42 appearances for FC Midtjylland in the Danish under 19’s Youth League.
The dual national has earned international representative honours for both countries, captaining the Australian Joeys under 16’s in two tournaments in Vietnam and Cambodia and most recently two under 19 national caps for Cyprus.
Macarthur FC Head Coach, Ante Milicic, welcomed Martis to the Bulls.
“He is a good young player – an aggressive ball winner with European experience. Having played in the Europa League against many different styles, I am looking forward to seeing him continue to reach his full potential in the A-League,” Milicic said.
Martis said he was excited for the opportunity.
“I’d like to thank Ante for the opportunity to join Macarthur FC for the inaugural season,” Martis said.
“Being based overseas, I don’t get the opportunity to play in front of my family and friends too often. I am very excited to be back home playing with Macarthur FC in the inaugural season. I can’t wait to to play at Campbelltown Stadium in front of my family and friends.”