McDonald playing for Central Coast Mariners in 2012
|Full name||Bradley James McDonald|
|Date of birth||17 February 1990|
|Place of birth||Mount Hagen, Papua New Guinea|
|Height||1.71 m (5 ft 7 1⁄2 in)|
|2010–2011||North Queensland Fury||25||(0)|
|2011–2013||Central Coast Mariners||1||(0)|
|2013||Central Coast Mariners Academy||10||(2)|
|2016–2017||Central Coast Mariners||8||(0)|
|2014–||Papua New Guinea||1||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22 August 2018|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 6 September 2014
Born in Mount Hagen, McDonald played youth football in Australia after moving there at a young age. He played for a number of Australian clubs at senior level, including in the A-League for North Queensland Fury and Central Coast Mariners. He moved to the Philippines in 2017.
On 12 August 2010, McDonald was signed by the North Queensland Fury. McDonald made his debut for the club against Adelaide United coming off the bench. He has been a regular started since his debut.
On 15 April 2011 he signed for A-League outfit Central Coast Mariners. He made only one first team league appearance for the side, starting in a 2–1 win over Melbourne Heart on 30 March 2013. He also appeared in one AFC Champions League match, coming on as a late substitute in a loss to Guizhou Renhe in April 2013.
McDonald was called up by Aurelio Vidmar for an Australia U-23 training camp in October 2011. At the time, he stated that he was still potentially interested in playing for Papua New Guinea as an alternative to Australia.
Papua New Guinea
In September 2014, McDonald made his debut for Papua New Guinea, coming on as a substitute and setting up a goal in a 2–1 loss to Singapore. In January 2016, he stated his commitment to representing Papua New Guinea and that he was in the process of obtaining citizenship which is necessary to appear in competitive matches for the country. He hoped to have the paperwork completed in time to compete in the 2016 OFC Nations Cup. However, he was not part of the final roster for the tournament.
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- "Breaking News: Brad McDonald returns to Mariners". Central Coast Mariners FC. 16 January 2016. Retrieved 16 January 2016.
- Fruci, Joel (14 January 2017). "Central Coast Mariners bid farewell to duo". Retrieved 14 January 2017.
- Simon Hill (23 October 2011). "Brad McDonald called up to Olyroos training camp but could still play for Papua New Guinea". Fox Sports (Australia).
- Nick Measures (7 September 2014). "Singapore make heavy going of victory over Papua New Guinea". Goal.com.
- Huguenin, Michael. "McDonald's Mariners return to spark PNG career". Goal. Retrieved 2 June 2016.
- "Home advantage vital for PNG". Oceania Football Confederation. Archived from the original on 11 June 2016. Retrieved 2 June 2016.
- Brad McDonald at Soccerway