THEN there were four. In what must be an A-League first, the Jets will have four members from the one family play at the club this season.
Younger siblings Makis, 17, and Pana, 18, this week joined senior squad members Dimi, 23, and Kosta, 19, in Newcastle.
Makis is in the youth team and Pana has a scholarship with the W-League side.
They all play in the front third, they all honed their skills in the backyard alongside second oldest son Stavros, 21, under the guidance of dad, Angelo.
What’s more, Dimi has no doubts that youngest sister, 10-year-old Anastasia, is the most talented of the lot.
“Wait until Anastasia grows up,” Dimi said. “She plays under-11s for Sydney Olympic and is better than all of us. It is great to have Makis and Pana up here. We haven’t lived together for a while. We are competitive when it comes to Playstation and things like but we got on very well which makes life easier.”
Dimi and Kosta were at youth team training last week to watch Makis, who played for the Central Coast Mariners last season.
“I always try to give the younger ones advice on and off the field,” Dimi said. “He has talent, he just has to work hard. Hopefully down the track he gets an opportunity to train with the senior squad and work his way up. Obviously it would be great if we all got to play together one day.”
Pana played last season with Macarthur and was previously at Sydney FC.
“I grew up on football and its great that we are all together,” she said. “I have heard really good things about the girls and excited to be joining them. The aim is to make football a career and make the Matildas one day.”
Jets chief executive Lawrie McKinna, who also coaches the youth team, said the addition of the siblings enhanced the family culture they want to build at the club.
“It is unusual to have four from a family at one club,” he said. “It is testament to them. Their father, Angelo, did a lot of work with them when they were young and has been a great influence. The older boys were there watching Makis at two of the three sessions last week. I wonder what they talk about at the dinner table.”