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Sydney FC tie trio up, keen to bring Newcastle Jets down

The youthful trio are tipped to be a big part of the club's future, while the Sky Blues are aiming to heap more misery on hosts Newcastle Jets on Saturday

GOAL.com Indonesia   By CARLY ADNO


Sydney FC have re-signed three of their top young talent in some welcome news for the struggling A-League side.

The club announced on Friday Terry Antonis, 19, Rhyan Grant, 21, and 23-year-old Sebastian Ryall had each signed new two-year deals at the club, taking them through to the end of the 2014-15 season.

Sky Blues coach Frank Farina said it was vital for the club to hang on to the young trio.

"All three of the boys have done very well this year and they have impressed me since I arrived with their enthusiasm, commitment and obviously their ability on the pitch," Farina said.

"They are all local boys and have been at Sydney FC for a few years now so it's great news they have agreed to stay at the club."

Midfielder Antonis, who won his first cap for Australia in Hong Kong earlier in December, said he never considered joining any other club.

"It's a great feeling, signing another two years here," Antonis said.

"[I'm] born and bred in Sydney, so it's an honour to play for this club."

Grant and Ryall were both part of Sydney FC's 2009-10 A-League championship campaign.

Sydney face a tough holiday period as they attempt to climb off the bottom of the ladder, with three matches in 10 days.

First up is a trip to Newcastle on Saturday, where they are looking to bounce back from the 2-0 derby loss to Western Sydney last Saturday.

Farina hopes his team can take advantage of an under-performing Jets side, who have not managed a win in their past five games.

"[It's a] very big game, for both us and Newcastle," Farina said.

"It's been a good week of preparation, but we've got to turn up tomorrow and turn that into good use."

Alessandro Del Piero is set to play against the Jets after overcoming a hamstring injury, while Pascal Bosschaart and Jason Culina have both been ruled out with injuries.

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