James Donachie looking forward to Hero ISL after A-League success

James Donachie

James Donachie became FC Goa’s fifth new foreign signing this season as he signed on the dotted lines on a season-long loan deal from A-League side Newcastle Jets.

The 27-year-old brings in a wealth of experience having played at the top-level of Australian and Asian football for the best part of the last decade. And that too with much success. Having won the A-League on 3 occasions, the 6’5” man from Queensl and now brings his winning mentality to the shores of Goa.

Speaking after completing the formalities, the defender mentioned, “I am really delighted on the move, and can’t wait to get to India and start working with the team. It didn’t really take much time to convince me to come over.

“The team had been scouting me over the last few months, something of which I was not aware. However, when we met, I understood that they had already done a lot of homework on me. This was a team that was looking to challenge for the title and also competing in the AFC Champions League, so that was extremely assuring.”

Embracing the philosophy

Over the course of the six seasons of the Indian Super League, FC Goa has carved out a niche for being a team which likes to take the impetus in games and looks at attack as the best form of defence. And the numbers speak for themselves. The Gaurs are the only team with more than 200 goals in the competition and have made breaking goal scoring records their thing.

And Donachie already seems to be relishing the prospect. “Well, I am all for it. I think every player in the world if given the chance, would like to play an attacking brand of football and it’s the same with me. Even at Melbourne, the philosophy was the same and I feel this will be a smooth transition,” added Donachie.

Over the last few years, the Indian Super League has seen a slow influx of A-League stars. Players like Erik Paartalu, Roy Krishna and David Williams amongst others have sailed across the Indian Ocean.

James Donachie

And that, in turn, has ramped up the interest about the league in Australia. “I have already taken a lot of the ISL in. A number of players have shifted base to India. Amongst them was Andy Keogh, a good friend of mine. I used to watch his games last season and found the league to be really intriguing,” exclaimed the new Gaur.

“The league is really growing by leaps and bounds. I had conversations with Erik (Paartalu) and David (Williams). They were full of praise for the league and the country. So that helped make my mind up as well. Players like Steve Taylor coming into the league really shows how well the ISL  is progressing.”

The AFC Challenge

Having played in 5 editions of the AFC Champions League, James is well versed with the challenge that lies ahead for the Gaurs.

“It won’t be easy by any stretch of the imagination, but I am not fazed by that,” responded the centre-back. “The recent pandemic has caused a lot of havoc in many countries and the equations are no longer the same. We will cross that bridge when we get there.

“Australian teams have had a tough time in the competition of late due to our limited squad size. In India, the squad size is bigger and we are going to give it  a good crack.”

– Credits: FC Goa

Also Read: Ishan Pandita: I will let my play do the talking

Also Read: With Habas, success not too far behind for ATK

For articles on unknown talented footballers – Visit here

For Trial related updates: Latest trials updates in Mumbai 

Follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram for all the latest happenings in the world of Indian football.

OSCAR SSE to conduct trials for Youth I League and YPL team in the U13 category in Mumbai

Mumbai-based OSCAR SSE will conduct trials for their Youth I League and YPL team on 16th and 17th July 2022 at Wings Sports Centre ground. Oscar SSE is a 2-star…

Share

ROQS to host trials for MFA Super Division

ROQS is revamping their squad for the upcoming season of the MFA Super Division. The team is organising trials for the men’s football team on Monday, 11th of July, 2022….

Share

MSP Academy is holding trials for the upcoming MFA Youth League

MFA Super Division club Mumbai Soccer Prodigies will be conducting trials for their MFA Youth League campaign on 22nd May 2022 in Bandra, Mumbai. Founded in 2006, the Mumbai Soccer…

Share

Football School of India to conduct Youth Trials

Mumbai-based Football School of India is going to conduct youth trials for its boys and girls squads. The trials will be conducted for players in the age group of under-13…

Share

Bengaluru FC Elite Youth Football Trials

Bengaluru Football Club is a professional club that competes in the Indian Super League (ISL) and are past champions of the I-League and ISL. The club has launched its Soccer…

Share

D’Souza Football Academy to conduct Youth Trials

Mumbai-based D’Souza Football Academy is going to conduct football scholarship trials for its youth squads. The trials will be conducted for players in the age group of under-7 to under-15….

Share

Oscar SSE to conduct trials for Youth I-League in U13, U15&U18 category in Mumbai

OSCAR SSE, an AIFF Accredited Academy invites all  U13, U15 & U18  players from ALL SOCIO-ECONOMIC  backgrounds for football trials to join our Elite teams to train round the year…

Share

Air India to conduct senior team trials for MFA Elite League on Monday

Mumbai-based Air India FC is set to conduct trials for their Senior Team to play the MFA Elite (Corporate) Division. One of the top-tier clubs from Mumbai – Air India…

Share

Air India to hold youth team trials on Monday

Mumbai-based Air India FC is set to conduct trials for their Youth Team for the MFA Super (Corporate) Division. One of the top-tier clubs from Mumbai – Air India will…

Share

Bhaichung Bhutia’s Residential Academy set to conduct trials in Mumbai

16th March, 2022: Bhaichung Bhutia Football Schools (BBFS) will conduct Residential Academy trials in Maharashtra for the academic year 2022-23.  In the next few months, the trials will be organized…

Share