Alex Wilkinson

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Alex Wilkinson
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Wilkinson playing for the Central Coast Mariners in 2009
Personal information
Full name Alexander William Wilkinson[1]
Date of birth (1984-08-13) 13 August 1984 (age 30)
Place of birth Sydney, Australia
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 1 12 in)
Playing position Centre Back
Club information
Current team
Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
Number 18
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2004 Northern Spirit 45 (0)
2004 Ryde City Gunners 19 (3)
2004–2005 Manly United 15 (0)
2005–2012 Central Coast Mariners 172 (2)
2011 Jiangsu Sainty (loan) 10 (0)
2012– Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 65 (2)
National team
2001 Australia U-17 9 (4)
2002–2003 Australia U-20 8 (0)
2014– Australia 13 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 30 November 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22 January 2015

Alexander William Wilkinson (born 13 August 1984) is an Australian international football (soccer) player who plays as a defender for Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors in the K League.

Wilkinson was born in Sydney and made his senior debut for Northern Spirit in 2002. After moving to Ryde City Gunners and Manly United in 2004, Wilkinson joined A-League club Central Coast Mariners, where he eventually became club captain and made over 200 appearances. After spending time in China on loan to Jiangsu Sainty, Wilkinson joined Korean club Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors in 2012.

Wilkinson has made eleven appearances for the Australian national team, including three at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Club career[edit]

Alexander's bright career began in Ryde East Primary School and Epping Boys' High School where he showed excellent talents on the field as a sportsman and off the field in his sportsmanship. His main junior football club was North Ryde and then with Gladesville Hornsby/Northern Spirit youth team where he played alongside Brett Holman. He currently plays as a central defender for the Korean K-League club Jeonbuk Motors. On Sunday 12 November 2006, Noel Spencer was dropped from the starting eleven and in his absence Alex Wilkinson was named captain of the team. Spencer was then struck down with injury and Alex filled in as captain until round 18 when Spencer returned.

He was named Captain for Season 3 (2007–2008) and only injury has interrupted that (with ex-Socceroo Tony Vidmar and midfielder John Hutchinson filling in). On 17 March 2011 it was announced that Wilkinson had signed a short-term loan deal with Chinese side Jiangsu Sainty.[2] On 18 July he had signed a two and a half year contract with K-League team Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors. The reported transfer fee paid to the Mariners upon completion of the deal is $450,000.[3]

Achievements[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 27 October 2014
Club Season League Cup Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Northern Spirit 2002–03 National Soccer League 30 0 0 0 0 0 30 0
2003–04 15 0 0 0 0 0 15 0
Total 45 0 0 0 0 0 45 0
Ryde City Gunners 2004 NSW Super League 19 3 0 0 0 0 19 3
Manly United 2004–05 NSW Premier League 15 0 0 0 0 0 15 0
Central Coast Mariners 2005–06 A-League 25 0 5 0 0 0 30 0
2006–07 21 0 6 0 0 0 27 0
2007–08 15 0 5 1 0 0 20 1
2008–09 23 0 3 0 6 0 32 0
2009–10 27 1 0 0 0 0 27 1
2010–11 34 1 0 0 0 0 34 1
2011–12 27 0 0 0 6 0 33 0
Total 172 2 19 1 12 0 203 3
Jiangsu Sainty (loan) 2011 Chinese Super League 10 0 0 0 0 0 10 0
Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 2012 K League 15 0 0 0 0 0 15 0
2013 25 2 4 0 2 0 31 2
2014 25 0 1 0 8 0 34 0
Total 65 2 5 0 10 0 80 2
Career total 326 7 24 1 22 0 372 8

International career[edit]

He represented Australia in 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship. In August 2006, Alex was selected for the first time to join the 22 man Socceroos squad, training for the Asian Cup against Kuwait.[4] He has also joined the 37 man training squad for the Socceroos against Qatar. He made his full national team debut against Ecuador in a friendly at The New Den in London on the 5th of March 2014.

He was a surprise inclusion for Australia's 2014 World Cup squad and started in Australia's 3–1 opening loss to Chile. After he cleared a certain goal off the line he was the first player in history to be involved in FIFA's new goal line review system which showed he successfully saved a goal.

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Central Coast Mariners

Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors

International[edit]

Australia

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Noel Spencer
Central Coast Mariners club captain
2007–2012
Succeeded by
John Hutchinson