A fresh start in Newcastle for Dimi Petratos

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Following a tumultuous year for Newcastle Jets new signing Dimitri Petratos spoke to The Football Sack about his new life in Newcastle and the challenges in the season ahead.

After a successful spell at Brisbane Roar, Dimitri Petratos signed for the Jets at the beginning of this year for the upcoming 2017/2018 season.

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However just two weeks later from signing on with the Jets the attacking midfielder accepted an offer from K-League side Ulsan Hyundai with his transfer fee being split evenly between the Roar and Newcastle.

Following a frustrating stint in Korea, Petratos terminated his contract and has now returned to the Newcastle club, eager to get his career back on track.  

“I’m settling in just fine and enjoying my time so far, it’s been really good,” Petratos said.

And as far as his time off the field it’s no surprise as to what the 24-year-old gets up to, fitting in well and truly with the surf and café culture of the city.

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“I go to the beach, few coffees here and there, hang out with the family and some of the boys after training.”

This season Petratos will be able to mix family and work after his younger brother Kosta who also signed for the club, a prospect they have both been looking forward to.

“We’ve always wanted to play together and we finally get the chance this year.

“Hopefully we get a bit of game time playing with each other,” he said.

Jets fans will hope to see Petratos continue last season’s form that saw him hit a 35-yard dead ball screamer against Melbourne Victory.

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The versatile attacker can play anywhere in midfield and directly behind the striker and said fans can expect him to create, link up and finish attacking moves.

“I like to get on the ball a lot and create as well as having a good combination in the front third with the other boys up front.”

With a long season ahead Petratos will undoubtedly be looking for regular first team football following a difficult few months in Korea.

“For myself, the most important thing is playing the best I can.

“I just want to take it one game at a time.”

The Jets’ season gets underway this weekend with a short trip to arch rivals Central Coast Mariners and with any luck it will provide the perfect opportunity for Petratos to endear himself to his new fans.

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Living and studying in Newcastle. Pretty obsessed with football. Newcastle Jets and Chelsea FC fan

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