Josh Macdonald

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Josh Macdonald
Personal information
Full name Joshua Robert Macdonald
Date of birth (1996-01-25) 25 January 1996 (age 23)
Place of birth Wollongong, Australia
Height 174 cm (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Sydney United 58
Number 12
Youth career
Unanderra Hearts
Sutherland Sharks
2012 NSWIS
2012–2014 Sydney FC
2014–2015 Nottingham Forest
2015–2016 Western Sydney Wanderers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2014 Albion Park White Eagles (1)
2015 Western Sydney Wanderers 2 (0)
2016 Western Sydney Wanderers NPL 8 (1)
2016–2018 Wollongong Wolves 45 (4)
2018–2019 Central Coast Mariners 2 (0)
2019– Sydney United 58 14 (1)
National team
2011–2012 Australia U-17 12 (6)
2013 Australia U-20 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13 February 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12 August 2015

Joshua Robert "Josh" Macdonald (born 25 January 1996) is an Australian professional footballer who plays as a striker for Central Coast Mariners in the A-League.

Born in Wollongong, Macdonald played youth football with Sydney FC youth and Nottingham Forest before making his senior debut for Western Sydney Wanderers. He returned to Wollongong to play for Wollongong Wolves in 2016.Macdonald signed with Central Coast Mariners in 2018.

Macdonald has represented Australia at youth level, for both the under-17 and under-20 sides, including at the 2012 AFC U-16 Championship

Playing career[edit]


In February 2013, Macdonald had a trial with Nottingham Forest.[1] He signed for the club's development side in September 2014.[2] He played a brief stint for Albion Park White Eagles in the Illawarra Premier League in preparation for the move to England.[3] He left Nottingham at the end of the 2014–15 Professional U21 Development League.[4]

Following his release from Forest, Macdonald had a chance meeting with ex-Western Sydney Wanderers football operations manager Matt Phelan, eventually resulting in Macdonald trialling with the Wanderers.[5] On 10 August 2016, Macdonald signed a youth contract to play for the Wanderers National Youth League team.[6] The next day, Macdonald made his professional senior debut for Western Sydney in the 2015 FFA Cup against Brisbane Roar, including winning a penalty in a 1–0 win.[7]

In May 2016, Macdonald signed for hometown side Wollongong Wolves to play in the National Premier Leagues.[8]


Macdonald was named in the Australian under-20 squad for 2014 AFC U-19 Championship qualification in October 2013.[9] He made his debut for the side in a 3–0 win over Chinese Taipei.[10] He came on at halftime in the team's next match, a 5–1 loss to Vietnam.[11]



Sydney FC


  1. ^ Slevison, Andrew (21 May 2013). "Aussie youngster Macdonald hopeful after Nottingham Forest trial". Tribal Football. Retrieved 18 May 2016.
  2. ^ Davidson, John (25 September 2014). "Nottingham Forest sign Aussie teen". FourFourTwo. Retrieved 16 August 2015.
  3. ^ a b Cohen, Mitch (16 June 2014). "Josh MacDonald fires for Albion Park before England gig". Illawarra Mercury. Retrieved 18 May 2016. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  4. ^ Davidson, John (30 June 2015). "Macdonald departs forest". FourFourTwo. Retrieved 18 May 2016.
  5. ^ Bossi, Dominic (18 October 2015). "How a chance meeting on a flight gave Western Sydney Wanderers youngster the chance to play in the A-League". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 18 May 2016.
  6. ^ "Josh Macdonald signs for Wanderers". Western Sydney Wanderers FC. 10 August 2015. Retrieved 18 May 2016.
  7. ^ Smithies, Tom (11 August 2015). "Wanderers vanquish past memories with win over Brisbane Roar". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 18 May 2016.
  8. ^ Cohen, Mitch (16 May 2016). "MacDonald becomes a Wolf". Illawarra Mercury. Retrieved 18 May 2016. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  9. ^ "Young Socceroos Coach names squad for AFC". Football Federation Victoria. 1 October 2016. Retrieved 18 May 2016.
  10. ^ "Chinese Taipei 0–3 Australia". Asian Football Confederation. 5 October 2013. Retrieved 18 May 2016.
  11. ^ "Australia 1–5 Vietnam". Asian Football Confederation. 7 October 2013. Retrieved 18 May 2016.

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