Adam Foti ready for Sydney Tigers chance


But unlike many footballers who return home with their pride severely dented, Sydney Tigers recruit Adam Foti can hold his head high.
Not only did he crack the tough leagues in Cyprus and Greece, he scored goals.
On a consistent basis.
 ?It was fantastic, living in a foreign country being a professional footballer,? he said when reflecting on his five year odyssey abroad.
“In Europe football is everywhere, you can?t escape it, which obviously I didn?t mind.
?I was out on my own for the first time and had to fend for myself, it was great.”
Foti first caught the eye of European scouts when on the books at Northern Spirit, in their Youth Team.
He signed with Aris Limassol in Cyprus in 2004, where he scored seven goals in 23 appearances.
The 25-year-old then linked up with AEP Paphos FC and was top goal-scorer in the Cypriot League with 18 goals in 23 games in the 2005/06 campaign.
His proficiency in front of goal saw him on the move yet again, this time pulling on the jersey for Greek club team AO Kerkyra.
?Playing massive teams like Olympiakos and Panathinaikos in front of packed stadiums was out of this world,? he said.
?But at the back of my mind I wanted to come home, I had been reading about the A-League online and thought it would be great to play in a competition which is getting stronger each year.
?It is great to be back and now it is up to me to achieve my goals.?
A third stint in Cyprus, this time with Olympiakos Nicosia concluded late last year and with no active offers in the January transfer window, Foti was on the first plane.
After talking with the West Sydney Berries and Penrith Nepean United, Foti signed with the Sydney Tigers just before the first game in March against Bonnyrigg.
?It has been frustrating, I couldn?t play the first few games because I was waiting for my clearance to come through,? he said.
?We haven?t been going that well which is strange given the quality in our squad.
?Obviously I would love to play in the A-League but I know it won?t happen overnight.
?I just have to play consistent football and the rest will take care of itself.?
-By Andrew Prentice