Sydney United 58 coach Zeljko Kalac was one relieved figure when his star striker Patrick Antelmi returned to the Reds squad following his three-month A-League stint with Western United FC over the weekend.
The 26-year-old showed his class in front of goals especially, banging in two in United 58’s 3-1 victory over last year’s National Premier Leagues NSW Men’s Premiers Wollongong Wolves – a former club of Antlemi’s as well.
The Prairiewood United junior was delighted with how his comeback match with United 58 unfolded.
“It was a great start personally to get on the scoresheet but even better to get the three points with the lads again, the boys played unreal and it was a well-deserved win.
“King Tom is a special place to play at and it was great to be out with the boys again having fun in front of our great fans.”
Finally getting the opportunity he has thoroughly deserved during his NPL journey, Antelmi relished his time with Western United, taking with him some key learnings from some quality stars such as ‘Alex Tobin’ Medal winner Alessandro Diamanti as well as one of the A-League’s deadliest strikers Besart Berisha to name a few.
“My three months with Western United FC was fantastic.
“I took a lot out of it in such a short period of time.
“I had great people to learn off being in a professional environment to improve my game.
“Having the best A-League striker Besart Berisha to learn off every day was surreal as those opportunities are hard to come by.
“Diamanti is different class, on and off the pitch. Great guy with a lot of enthusiasm who always wanted the best brought out in players to help the team win.