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Success of Dimitri Petratos a case study for future success of A-League

Young Australians with high talent ceilings should be given multiple opportunities, despite competitiveness concerns

It was another historic weekend for the Petratos family. 24-year old Dimitri shone for Newcastle Jets as they trounced Wellington Phoenix; 19-year old Kosta made his Jets debut alongside his brother late in the game, while earlier that day 18-year old sister Panagiota represented Newcastle in the W-League. The trio’s success means the Petratos family are the first in Australian football history to have three siblings all appear in national league competitions. If that wasn’t enough, 17-year old Maki is in the Central Coast Mariners’ system and tipped to be the best of the bunch.

Now in the prime of his career, Dimitri is the centre of attention – and for good reason. His performances for Newcastle have continued the impressive form he showed before leaving Brisbane Roar midway through last season for an ill-fated moved to Ulsan Hyundai.

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