about us

who we are

Stryker International are a team of highly experienced football managers who have dealt with some of the biggest football names both here in Australia and Europe. 

With many years of managing experience Stryker International has established an extensive network of contacts which has benefited and assisted immensely in educating and supporting many of our past and present players of the beautiful game.

Our organisation’s ethics are to work transparently and diligently with with professional players, their clubs and officially affiliated football bodies. We also encourage, advise, assist, nurture and support our young and future football role models. We will always primarily provide young, talented Australians with the opportunity to fulfil their potential and the capacity to claim a better future for themselves, their families, their communities and country

"The football family is warm and open. It embraces everyone who loves football. Membership to the football family does not depend on ability but rather on devotion and camaraderie, reinforced by a shared respect for this most beautiful, and basic, game"

- Johnny Warren

Stryker Executive Team

dennis colusso

managing director and principal intermediary

Dennis is an integral team member and founder. Dennis is a former 1981 Australian youth international. Dennis previous football playing career profiled him with NSL club Marconi Stallions and NSW State League Clubs Penrith Nepean and Polonia. Dennis has a vast number of football contacts and networks throughout Europe. He played a large part of the organising party responsible for the inaugural tour of European and Italian champions AC Milan to Australia. Dennis is a self made and successful business man who has has been involved in highly profiled player and club negotiations. His transparency and professional football life focus is key to Stryker International clients success. ​

ROMANO BIT

director and commercial advisor

Romano has worked many years with corporate environments and customer relations and was also a Football ambassador for Qantas Airways. Sport, and specifically the team sport of Football, is the vehicle through which he has philanthropically and professionally attempted to do the interpersonal work required to productively help develop young people on and off the field. More recently, he had been in the vanguard of developing parent education programs and working for Blacktown City F.C. as well as co-ordinating their community and sponsorship relations programs. He was originally accredited through the FFA and FIFA as a highly ethical player manager. Amongst recent developments he was requested to assist and help guide the initial development of the Juventus Academy in Sydney. Culturally this has translated into a transformative mentorship and a quality of people management in each of the workstations he has occupied which has brought him tremendous recognition as a highly valued collaborator and leader. This has been recognised by the close and personal relationship of the late and great Johnny Warren. This came about through his many years serving as representative of SBS TV and advocating Johnny Warren’s vision of a truly global game embracing our First Nations People as well as the multi-ethnic fabric of Australia’s post-colonial history. Romano's people management skills are highly regarded and much valued on the basis of his transparency and integrity. His football culture is passionate and solid and never wavering nor compromised. The quality of his work is emphasised through the company’s highly ethical and professional processes.

albin mikulski

international professional football advisor

For over 30 years Albin Mikulski (UEFA Pro License accredited coach) has been working in the highest levels of professional football. He started his career as a player, where he played at both a league and international level, representing the Polish national team, and completing his playing career with 260 games and 60 goals scored with Ruch Chorzow Football Club (Poland Ekstraklasa) where he also won Champion of Poland which qualified him to play in the Champions League, in addition to 20 games and 11 goals with the Polish International U21's Team. He has since had a positive transition into football coaching, directing, lecturing and club management. Career highlights include winning the 2001 Polish Cup as manager of Polonia Warsaw which qualified the team for the UEFA Championships. Through his career he has been a coach at clubs all over the world and been instrumental in inspring individual players and teams alike to reach new levels of success. In addition to team management he has also been instrumental in bringing world class Polish players into the international world of football, notably Adrian Mierzejewski (Sydney FC, Johnny Warren Medalist and A-Legaue Player of the Year 2018) and most recently Radoslaw Majewski (Western Sydney Wanderers, Nottingham Forest FC).

Miroslaw Jabolonski

European Executive Consultant

Stryker International are proud to have Miroslaw as an integral part of our team. His vast experience, knowledge and connections with players and coaches in Europe forms a powerful network base for the group. A former team coach of the youth Polish National Football team U-16 and U-18 (1990-1995). Miroslav was assistant and then head coach of Polands top flight football club Legia Warszawa (1995-1998). The club achieved champions of Poland and were quarter finalist in the UEFA Champions League. Miroslaw was also on the coaching staff of the Polish National Football team for the 2006, FIFA World Cup in Germany. In season (1998-2012) he was head of the Polish Ekstraklasa Liga.

Stryker Technical and Development Team

ZLATKO NASTEVSKI​

Zlatko is a great friend, scout and mentor to Stryker-International. Zlatko was one of the most gifted players that has played in the Australian National Soccer League (NSL) After much football experience and originally from his native North Macedonia, Zlatko played for first grade sides Vardar Skopje, FK Rabotnički and FK Pelister. After stints in Europe and Asia, Zlatko came to Australia as a 30-year-old. As a player he was able to quickly prove himself as one of the best set piece specialist in the game. In season 1989, Zlatko was a NSL champion and top goal scorer with football club Marconi Stallions. His achievements culminated with being awarded players player of the year. His career has also seen him play and coach for such well known clubs as Rockdale City Suns, Wollongong Macedonia and Sydney Olympic. Zlatko has also represented both Australia and NSW. Zlatko, qualities are demonstrated by his intelligent and superior technical skills, great vision, anticipation and awareness both on and off the ball. Such qualities making him a wonderful finisher. Zlatko is passionate, committed and most knowledgeable of the Australian football landscape. His professional attitude is second to none. Over the years and through his academy Zlatko has been able to share great advice and football expertise to many young players. We are proud to have this humble football great on our team and understand that through his prolific football career and experience we have at Stryker-International one of the very best football people in the land.

DOUG (DRAGAN) UTJESEONOVIC

Doug is a trusted and long-time friend of Stryker International. With an eagle eye for identifying players potential and abilities, Doug is highly respected and proven professional with a qualitative authority in our player selection process. In his own right he was a superb and outstanding senior player and arguably the best sweeper and right full back this country has ever produced. Playing in his native Yugoslavia with first division side OFK Belgrade, Doug was 23 when he first came to Australia. He joined Melbourne JUST before moving on and playing the rest of his illustrious football career with the great St George side of the early 70’s and 80’s Post his playing career Doug managed such NSW clubs as Apia Leichhardt, Parramatta Eagles and Bonnyrigg White Eagles. Inducted in the FFA Hall of fame in 2000 he also received the medal of excellence in 2005, for outstanding and significant football contributions. Doug has represented Australia with 61 international caps and is one of our inaugural World Cup heroes playing in all first three World Cup group matches in West Germany 1974. We are proud and honoured to have his professional advice and humble friendship.

KON KALOS

I was born on Cadigal Land (Stanmore) within the Eora Nation of Greek migrant heritage. My philosophy and practice through the vehicle of sport is simple; it revolves around the ethic of facilitating ‘a healthy mind in a healthy body’. As a tertiary & secondary school educator/trauma counsellor and accredited Coerver Coach of 22 years my cultural framework references interactions that recognise the art of leadership, mentoring and human relations, whether in management or through sport, are not just about the coaching manual but more importantly the intangibilities of human relationships, and as researcher Matthew Syed notes, "Great teachers inspire 'little miracles', helping people of any age to reach their potential not just as students or members of the market place (of their chosen sport or profession) but, far more importantly, as people". My ethos for youth development, via the pathway of the beautiful game of football, is always the ‘right to play’ acknowledges and fosters a deep spiritual recognition; that the ‘other’ brings us more than we contain.

Christian Otelli

Based in Arezzo, Italy is our Strength and Conditioning, Personal Trainer and Football coach. Christian recently spent one year in Australia coaching with the Juventus Academy in Sydney. His football coaching abilities has seen him guide the early learnings and fundamental technical development of young boys and girls early football programs. His natural ability with young children to instil confidence and care of the processes from training through to early development are simply exemplary. Christian comes highly qualified as a strength and conditioning coach and also specialises in the training of professional football players. He has worked and represented as main Collaborator and Athletics trainer for the pre-season retreat at S.S. Racing Club Roma ("First Team" - Serie C), and for the pre-season retreat at S.S. Arezzo ("First Team" - Serie C) Most recently completed his Physical Education Studies at the Federal Technical Centre at Coverciano, Italy. Christian has also worked with both the Italian F.I.G.C. and UEFA pro football environments. Gifted with a sense of organisation and precision Christian holds degrees and a Masters in Motor Technical Sports Sciences and Preventative and Adaptative Motor Activity. His studies faculty is the University of Perugia, Italy.

Andrea Torta

Andrea comes from Fano, Italy and is a highly qualified professional Football Player and Senior Youth Development Coach. Through his early career Andrea played, represented and experienced a very high-profile level of Italian Football life and culture. Some of the clubs Andrea has played for include Juventus, Fano, Rovigo, Foggia, Svincolato, Ancona and Imolese. Spending 2019 in Australia, Andrea was an important coaching asset in assisting to grow the first Juventus Academy coaching clinics in Sydney. His experience and coaching abilities were all well respected. His technical development and coaching strategy programs were also highly valued and instrumental in ensuring all young players were afforded every opportunity to grow both technically, emotionally, physically and mentally. Andre also possesses great human characteristics. His understanding, patience and assessment of the young players football journey is nothing short of exemplary. His caring, discipline and fairness have earned Andrea much respect from his peers, players and parents. Through is professional Football journey Andrea has built close and personal contacts with many of his peers and associated Football clubs in Italy, His knowledge, together with his humility and expertise make him a very valued and natural associate of Stryker International.

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