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James Donachie

James Donachie

Australian defender James Donachie joined FC Goa in September 2020 on a one-year loan deal from A-League side Newcastle Jets. The centre-back, 27, is a three-time A-League champion with 2 of his triumphs coming in the colours of Brisbane Roar in the 2011/12 and 2013/14 seasons. He later went on to win it again as a part of Melbourne Victory in the 2017/18.

Standing tall at 6’5”, Donachie not only brings height to the backline but also the rich experience of having played in the AFC Champions League. The Queensland native has already participated in the competition over 5 different editions which include each of the last three seasons – all with Melbourne. 

Donachie was born and raised in Brisbane. Before joining Brisbane Roar’s youth program, he played junior football in Queensland and was awarded Australia’s Youth League Player of the Year for two consecutive seasons in 2010-11 and 2011-12.

He had joined the A-League side in 2012 and his very first season saw him taste silverware as the Roars overcame Central Coast Mariners in dramatic fashion to clinch the title. 

He was also part of Brisbane’s title-winning side two years later. 

Donachie finally made his first big move in 2016 when he signed for Melbourne Victory. He was with Victory till the end of last season except for a short six-month spell with the erstwhile K-League side Jeonnam Dragons in 2018. He moved back to Melbourne on loan later in January 2019 before making his move permanent last year in August.

He has been a key figure in the Melbourne defence during all his time at the club and was awarded the club’s Players’ Player of the Season award for his performances in 2019/20. He had signed on a three-year deal with Newcastle Jets earlier this year.