Antonis seals dream Parma deal

Kid gloves.... Antonis misses another week (Getty)

Sydney FC star Terry Antonis has completed his move to Serie A after agreeing to personal terms with Parma for a four-year deal.

The Australia U-20 captain is in Italy with his father Peter Antonis and after meeting with the team's management agreed to put pen to paper for the club that was home to Socceroos greats Vince Grella and Mark Bresciano.

It is understood the A-League club was reluctant to let Antonis go, but the sum offered by Parma triggered a release clause in his two-year deal.

"It's always been my dream to play in Serie A and I couldn't be happier," Antonis said.

"It's a fantastic set up over here and a huge opportunity for me to further my career.

"To be joining the same club that Vince Grella and Mark Bresciano played for is a privilege. I hope I can taste some of the success they enjoyed in Italy.

"It's a club with great tradition and hopefully I can take my game to another level here and add to my football education.

"I also want to thank Sydney FC and especially Alessandro Del Piero and Pascal Bosschaart who have been really influential and have helped me so much in my time at the club."

Assuming there are no late hitches, Antonis will officially join Parma - coached by Italy international Roberto Donadoni - when the transfer window re-opens on 1 July.

The 19 year-old won't link up with his new teammates until after the FIFA Under-20 World Cup which runs from 21 June to 13 July.

"I certainly don't think I'll just go over there and start playing in Serie A straight away. It's going to be a big learning experience," Antonis said. "I'll devote myself to becoming a better player and I feel I'll be in the right environment to do that."

Sydney FC was believed to be keen on selling Antonis to FC Utrecht for a higher sum, having agreed to send him on trial to the Eredivisie club.

When Parma came calling the decision was made easy for him.

Antonis will become the second Australian in Serie A, with Socceroos midfielder James Troisi on the books at Atalanta.

Source: SBS