Feature Article -
Perry Mitris started playing at MetroStars in 2010 as a 19 year old, following a 3 year stint with Croydon Kings. Having started playing soccer at 7 years old, he had big dreams from the start and always played with a commitment to treat each game as an opportunity. His hard work has paid off and he has enjoyed success on the field, being chosen 2 years in a row to be a part of the Adelaide United Youth team. It was during last year’s stint with the Youth Team that he experienced what he calls his "best moment so far”, scoring against Melbourne Victory and winning the game. Coming straight from the youth team to Metro’s 2011 first team has prepared him for a tough season ahead where he hopes Metro can build on the success they had last year. Perry was also chosen to play in the Senior State Team in 2010 and he continues to work towards his biggest dream of playing in the A-League. Having played in squads of highly experienced players, Perry chose to come to Metro to continue the challenge of playing with skilled players in a successful club. He feels Metro is off to a good start already this year after winning the summer series which he feels will set up the team for another good season. "Metro has a friendly culture, everyone is easy going and very professional. There is a sense of comfort when you are here” he explains. He goes on to say, "I am excited to be playing in a team of experienced players who will still joke around with the younger players but at the same time teach us a lot”. Looking back over his successful playing history to date, Perry believes he has learnt that the most important attribute of a successful player is their attitude, playing by the motto "attitude determines latitude”. He is committed to fitness and training and his advice to younger players is "practice, always set small goals for yourself, never give up and most of all enjoy yourself”.