Josh macdonald signs for central coast mariners
The Wollongong Wolves are proud to announce another one of the Illawarra and South Coast’s home grown talents has been signed by A-League club Central Coast Mariners.
Current Wolves NPL player, Josh Macdonald has agreed to terms with the Mariners. Macdonald joins Port Kembla junior Corey Gameiro at the Mariners for the 2018/2019 A-League season.
A dangerous attacking midfielder, Macdonald impressed new Mariners manager Mike Mulvey during a multi week trial and has been included in their 23 man squad. Josh’s achievement is the culmination of many years of hard graft, dedication and the resilience to overcome a number of disappointments.
Macdonald will be released from his Wolves contract to commence a preseason campaign with the Mariners.
“I’m very grateful to be given another opportunity at A-League level and to be able to play on a full time professional basis," Macdonald said.
"The faith Wolves first grade coach Jacob Timpano has had in me has helped me grow my game during the past three seasons. I also really want to thank Wolves chairman Tory Lavalle and Chris Papakosmas as they provided a lot of support and guidance to me off the field, which helped me put my full concentration on playing my best football possible. Now, Mike Mulvey and the Mariners have given me an opportunity which I’m determined to make the most of. The hard work has really just begun. I need to work hard everyday in training, impress the coaching staff and prove I’ll bring value to the team come match day."
A Unanderra Hearts junior, Macdonald returned home to the Wolves from Western Sydney Wanderers late 2016 and has been a potent weapon for the Wolves on the pitch. He has played over 40 first grade matches since his return and has proven one of the Wolves most dangerous attacking weapons.
Mariners assistant coach and Wolves midfielder Nick Montgomery will continue his association with Macdonald, this time in the A League, and is confident Macdonald will prove a shrewd acquisition for the Central Coast.
“Josh is one of those players who has the talent to really succeed in football. He has had his disappointments and setbacks but now has another opportunity to show exactly what he is capable of," Montgomery said.
"He has worked very hard and continued to believe in himself and now has the ability to really make a statement. I’ve got all the faith in the world in him and have no doubt he will make the most of this contract.”
Macdonald spent time in Sydney FC’s youth program before heading overseas for a stint with Nottingham Forest in the United Kingdom. He returned to Australia, making his senior debut with Western Sydney Wanderers before returning to the Wolves. He has achieved national selection in Australian U17s and U20s teams.
Wolves coach Jacob Timpano added: “We are all thrilled for Josh. This again highlights our region has players who are more than good enough to be involved at the highest level. All they need is the opportunity. It’s now up to Josh to work hard day in, day out.
"We are sure he will give a good account of himself and prove that if given the chance, NPL level players are more than capable of succeeding in a professional environment. I look forward to watching Josh’s development during the next A-League season.”
The signing of MacDonald is further testament to the quality production line of footballers, continually developed across the Illawarra and South Coasl. A local pathway into professional football is crucial for the future of the region’s talented juniors and Australian football in general.
The club’s A-League bid spokesman Luke Wilkshire said “Inclusion in the expanded A League simply ensures, this type of signing and opportunity becomes far more common. It will be superb to see Josh running out onto WIN Stadium - The Wold Den, playing A-League football for the Wolves in 2019/2020.”