Peter Makrillos is ready to show the Australian football fraternity the skill and flair that had him training in the Stoke City youth academy for the last three years after signing on with the Rockdale City Suns.
The Suns have been highly active in the transfer market throughout the PlayStation4 National Premier League’s top tier men’s competition in the off-season, acquiring a plethora of talent to bolster their already strong squad.
But in Makrillos they have a massive surprise for the league, who spent the last six years plying his trade in Europe.
“It was a very good experience overseas, I learnt everything that I could want to learn and trained with Barcelona for nine months with players like Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin and several other good players,” he said.
“I was overseas for six years which was a long time for my family and it was a decision we all made to come home.”
Makrillos wasn’t sure what his next step was in his football career but had an aim of playing in the Hyundai A-League.
What he didn’t realize was his sister and Sydney FC player Heidi Makrillos was already being asked about his services.
“Paul Reid asked about me because he knew Heidi at Sydney FC,” he said.
“He called me and I think being a player himself he understands everything.
“I explained my story to him and we got on very well and he basically told me that he wanted to give me a chance and I have taken it up.”
If Makrillos’ pre-season form is anything to go by – which includes three goals and two assists in four games – he will be one to keep an eye on.
“I am happy with my football but it is all about the team,” he said.
“The important thing is we have a good connection in the squad and we are about doing everything as a group.”
-By Chris Georges