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Sydney FC star and former Coerver® kid, Terry Antonis has completed a move to Serie A after agreeing personal terms with Parma on a four-year contract.

Terry, who featured in numerous Coerver® Coaching DVD’s from the age of 7 years old, travelled to Italy with his father Peter Antonis and after meeting with the Italian club’s management team, he agreed to put pen to paper for the club that was home to former Australian internationals, Vince Grella and Mark Bresciano.

It is understood that the A-League club was reluctant to let Antonis go, but the sum offered by Parma triggered a release clause in his contract (see below photo of Terry playing for Australia Vs Spain).

Terry said of his move to Italy “It’s always been my dream to play in Serie A and I couldn’t be happier, it’s a fantastic set up over here and a huge opportunity for me to further my career. To be joining the same club that Vince Grella and Mark Bresciano played for is a privilege and I hope I can taste some of the success they enjoyed in Italy”.

Terry added “It’s a club with great tradition and hopefully I can take my game to another level here and add to my football education. I also want to thank Sydney FC and especially Alessandro Del Piero (see below image) and Pascal Bosschaart who have been really influential and have helped me so much in my time at the club”.

Assuming everything goes to plan, Terry will officially join Parma – coached by Italy international Roberto Donadoni, when the transfer window re-opens on 1 July 2013. The 19 year-old won’t link up with his new teammates until after the FIFA Under-20 World Cup which runs from 21 June to 13 July in Turkey where he will captain the Australian national team.

Terry finished by saying “I certainly don’t think I’ll just go over there and start playing in Serie A straight away. It’s going to be a big learning experience and I’ll devote myself to becoming a better player and I feel I’ll be in the right environment to do that.”

Sydney FC were believed to be keen on selling Antonis to FC Utrecht for a higher sum, having agreed to send him on trial to the Eredivisie club. When Parma came calling the decision was made easy for Antonis who will become the second Australian currently playing in Serie A, joining Australian International midfielder James Troisi who plays for Atalanta.

Everyone at Coerver® Coaching is extremely proud of Terry’s achievements, and he adds his name to the long list of players to have developed under the Coerver® programme and have gone on to fulfil their dream of becoming a professional footballer, WELL DONE TERRY!.