Returning from a near season long layoff, Terry Antonis lit up the Hyundai A-League during the 2014/15 season with his form earning a call up to the Socceroos final AFC Asian Cup squad.
Antonis played a total of 19 games, starting 13, as he saw a total of 1340 minutes of playing time while partnering Milos Dimitrijevic in the heart of the Sky Blues midfield.
Required to chip in defensively, Antonis won 43 out of his 59 attempted tackles while making 16 clearances and three blocks. The 21 year old also made 23 interceptions as he looked to cut out the opposition attack and create his own.
The Socceroo completed 629 of his 742 attempted passes for a passing accuracy of 84.8%, making on average 50 passes per 90 minutes played.
The midfielder from Bankstown also proved lively in front of goal with 13 of his 24 shots being on target while he got his name on the scoresheet twice.
Antonis first goal was one for the highlight reels as he fired low and hard into the bottom corner from distance after expertly controlling a corner against the Central Coast Mariners in round four at Allianz Stadium.
His second goal will live long in the memory of all Sky Blues fans as he struck 15 minutes from time to seal a 4-3 victory in the third instalment of the #SydneyDerby.
Antonis capped off his incredible season with a clash against the English Premier League club he backs, Champions Chelsea FC, earning praise from Blues Manager Jose Mourinho for his tenacious efforts over the course of the game.
“The guy who kicked Hazard three times in 10 minutes really impressed me,” the Chelsea boss said, referring to Antonis.
“I like it because there are no friendlies. I don’t like the word friendly match. Of course some matches are more important than others but a match is a match.
“So that young boy [Antonis] in midfield that was really aggressive and playing for a result, impresses me.”
Antonis will link up with his teammates when the squad returns to preseason training in mid-July.