Wollongong Wolves Football Club, First Grade coach Jacob Timpano confirmed the Wollongong Wolves Football Club have added Patrick Antelmi to its squad for the 2017 season
“Signing Patrick is a huge coup for the Wolves and gives us an attacking edge up front that is going to prove very dangerous for anyone we come up against. Patrick was swamped with offers from rival clubs and adding someone of his class and pedigree to our team will give us a lot of confidence heading into the new season.”
Antelmi, an Australian Joeys U17s representative was signed as a 15 year old by English club Portsmouth and after stints with the youth squads of Leeds and Wigan returned home to continue his career, winning the PlayStation4 National Premier League title last year with Blacktown City, scoring a crucial goal in the decider. Still only 22 years old he brings a level of professionalism, quality and proven goal scoring ability that will instantly make him a fan favourite.
“Football has always been my passion and there is no greater feeling in the world for me than banging the ball into the back of net. I have never been fitter or more excited about an upcoming season and I just can’t wait for our first game. Signing with the Wolves was a simple decision for me. I could have easily gone with some of the other offers tabled which were significantly more lucrative, but for me, it’s never been about money. I just want to play somewhere where I know we are going to play attractive football and have a very competitive team with a strong culture. The Wolves were the perfect fit.”
Antelmi has spent the off season training regularly to have himself in the best possibly shape for 2017.
“I’ve never been stronger, fitter or faster and am bursting for the season to start. I’ve spend countless hours doing my drills and fitness with my personal trainer and there is no doubt my best football is still ahead of me and I will be more than ready to go as soon as the first whistle blows for next season.”
Timpano has been very impressed with Antelmi’s commitment and dedication and has no doubt Antelmi’s enthusiasm and hunger will have a very positive influence on the club.
“While many footballers use the off season to relax and unwind, Patrick has just focused on his preparation and is probably the fittest he has ever been. He trains every day and the footballing public are going to see what an incredible talent he is. Patrick’s work ethic and determination to succeed are the ideal messages for all aspiring footballers and will have a particularly positive impact on many of the younger players in our team.
Many believe it is simply only a matter of time before Antelmi secures himself a Hyundai A-League contract and with quality strikers always a valuable commodity, The Wollongong Wolves Football Club know securing his services will greatly enhance their prospects in the chase for silverware.
Dean Merola. Wollongong Wolves Director of Football, praised the club’s new addition.
“Being able to attract someone of the quality of Patrick, at quite a deal less than what some of the other clubs were offering him, proves we are building something very special here, on and off the field. We have proven we can attract the high calibre players and with Patrick now a part of our Wolves family, our team for 2017 is looking very strong. It’s also particularly a great reflection on Jacob Timpano, as he was instrumental in reaching the agreement with Patrick who was very keen on continuing his development under Jacob’s guidance”.
-Wollongong Wolves Press Release