I spoke with Ante prior to training with Rockdale City Suns and post an hour session with one of the young SAP keepers. The GrassRoots ethic runs deep with Ante having started with Hurstville Zagreb, from Sydney's southern suburbs, at 5 years of age & is still deeply involved in the very much family oriented club.
Not one born to keeping he spent much of his time at the Carrs Park Bush ground banging the ball into the back of the net rather than protecting it & played alongside his brother in 2 Champion of Champions winning sides before settling in between the sticks.
He credits John Gagro, Bob Barisic & Tony Pezano with much of his success, the latter for pushing him beyond his own expectations.
Had he not been born when he was he would no doubt have had far more caps to his name. It is a pleasure to have Ante aboard.