James Donachie, who played for FC Goa in the Indian Super League (ISL) and the AFC Champions League’s previous campaign, will compete for Sydney FC in the A-League for the forthcoming season.
Donachie joined FC Goa on loan from Newcastle Jets FC during last season and left after the 2020-21 season. The center-back from Newcastle Jets FC has joined Sydney FC on a one-year deal, as announced by the club on Friday.
Sydney FC has signed James Donachie after a successful campaign for the Gaurs. Donachie played 1506 minutes in 18 games for FC Goa in ISL 2020. He also featured five times in the ACL, helping the Gaurs become the first Indian team to reach the tournament’s group phase. In the competition, he had 32 tackles, 13 interceptions, 66 clearances, and 14 blocks.
James Donachie expressed his joy after joining Sydney Fc stating that he is excited to play for them. He also added that he knows a few players on the team which will help him settle easily in the side.
“I’m delighted to be signing for Sydney FC and cannot wait to get underway for the new season. It’s an extremely exciting time for this competition and to be joining a club with a winning culture and tradition is great for me. I know quite of a few of the boys already, so I’m sure I’ll have no problems settling in and I look forward to adding to this club’s incredible list of success,” said James Donachie.
He’ll be joined at Sydney FC by Adam Le Fondre, who also featured in the ISL 2020 with Mumbai City FC.
Last season, Sydney FC were defeated in the final by Melbourne City FC by a score of 3-1. They will now try to reclaim the championship, and they have made their intentions known by signing Donachie.
ALSO READ| Five most expensive transfers in ISL history
James Donachie’s career so far
James Donachie started his A-League journey in 2010 with Brisbane Roar, where he recorded 62 games in six years. Before signing a contract with the Newcastle Jets in 2020, he played for Melbourne Victory and the Jeonnam Dragons of Korea.
Donachie has won the A-League three times, twice with Brisbane Roar (2011-12, 2013-14) and once with Melbourne Victory (2017-18).
The center-back was loaned to FC Goa for the 2020-21 season. In his professional career, Donachie has registered 22 matches in the AFC Champions League and 122 in the A-League.