Western United FC has penned a two-year deal with experienced centre back James Donachie to bolster the defence cavalry of Aloisi’s squad ahead of the Isuzu A-League Men 2023/24 season.
With over 170 A-League appearances plus international experience under his belt, Donachie is a welcome addition to the Green and Black. His solid defence abilities, aerial prowess and leadership qualities make him a great asset to the squad and the Club.
Speaking on his new signing, Western United Head Coach John Aloisi said:
“James is an important signing for us this season. He’s a proven performer at A-League level with a wealth of experience to support the youth that we will be developing, and I believe he will add significant strength and stability to our defence.
“More importantly, I believe he represents our values and desire to be successful – he’s the type of player who leads by example, on and off the pitch, and he will be a valuable addition to our squad.”
James himself is looking forward to this new opportunity with United.
“I’m excited to be joining Western United, it’s a young club that’s already achieved success,” Donachie said.
“I’m keen to work hard for John and my new teammates to help win more silverware this season and beyond.
“It was great to get out on the pitch today and meet the boys. I can tell already that it will be a positive environment for me and I’m looking forward to a great season.”
Donachie got his break in the A-League after Ange Postecoglou spotted him at a friendly between Brisbane Roar and Donachie’s Rochedale Rovers back in 2009, when he was just 16 years of age. He went on to win three A-League Championships, two at the Roar and one during his tenure at Melbourne Victory.
After a stint overseas representing the Jeonnam Dragons in the first tier of the K-League and FC Goa in the Indian Super League, Donachie returned to the A-League in 2021, making 36 appearances for Sydney FC.
The 30-year-old also represented the Australian national side at U23 and U20 levels, competing in the 2013 FIFA U20 World Cup in Turkey.
Donachie further boosts United’s stock of Australian football talent ahead of the 23/24 season with Thurgate, Heward-Belle and Sutton joining the squad this week for pre-season commencement.