Terry Antonis admits Melbourne Victory fans have yet to see the best of him but hopes to reach “100%” in time for the Hyundai A-League Finals Series.
Antonis join Victory in January after a short and difficult period at Dutch club VVV Venlo where he failed to make a first-team appearance in the Eredivisie.
Since joining Kevin Muscat’s side, the 24-year-old has played 11 games in the Hyundai A-League, providing one assist and becoming a key figure in Victory’s midfield.
But Antonis feels he can do more and with the finals now just three weeks away, the ex-Sydney FC and Wanderers playmaker has declared his best is yet to come.
“I still haven’t played at 100% yet, I’ve still got a lot to improve on. I feel I’m getting better game-by-game and when we get into the semis, we’ll get better and better,” Antonis told https://www.a-league.com.au.
“I know what I can do and what I can do to help the team.
“I didn’t really play much football the last six months at the club I was at. And not playing for a while, it takes time to get used to it again.
“But I’m back, I feel good and I’m getting stronger and stronger. With the coaching staff and players around me, they are bringing the best out of me.”
And he’ll hope to show his best form against one of his former club in what is a massive Saturday night clash against the Wanderers at AAMI Park.
Victory - currently fourth – could finish Round 25 as high as third with a win but could also drop to fifth should they lose to the Wanderers and Adelaide beat Wellington Phoenix.
The match is just as important for the sixth-placed Wanderers, who are holding on to their finals spot by a solitary point.
“We just have to keep winning. It’s really tight up there and if Melbourne City slip, we’ll be third.
“It’s really tight but we just have to focus on ourselves and what we want to do and achieve.
“It’s always exciting [playing your former club],” Antonis added.
“They are a good team and a good club as well. I was there not so long ago and I’m sure this weekend is going to be a good game.”