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Alex Wilkinson




Alex Wilkinson
Wilkinson playing for the Central Coast Mariners in 2009
Personal information
Full name Alexander William Wilkinson[1]
Date of birth 13 August 1984 (age 35)
Place of birth Sydney, Australia
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)[2]
Playing position(s) Central defender
Club information
Current team
Sydney FC
Number 4
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)
2011Jiangsu Sainty (loan) 10 (0)
2012–2015 Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 86 (2)
2016 Melbourne City 10 (0)
2016– Sydney FC 101 (0)
National team
2001 Australia U-17 9 (4)
2002–2003 Australia U-20 8 (0)
2014– Australia 16 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 2 March 2020
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17 November 2015

Alexander William Wilkinson (born 13 August 1984) is an Australian international football (soccer) player who plays as a central defender and is the captain for Sydney FC in the A-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 played for Korean club Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors for 4 seasons (2012-2015).

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

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Club career



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. Two years after breaking into the first team of the Northern Spirit, the NSL would be shut down and went back to finding a job, where he would eventually work at a surf shop in his local Macquarie Centre.

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.[3] On 18 July he had signed a two and a half year contract with K League 1 team Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors. The reported transfer fee paid to the Mariners upon completion of the deal is $450,000.[4] Following a lengthy and successful stint in Asia, Wilkinson signed with Melbourne City in February 2016, for the remainder of the 2015–16 A-League season.[5]

Sydney FC

After Melbourne City were eliminated from the finals series Wilkinson signed a two-year contract with Sydney FC, rejoining former Mariners manager Graham Arnold[6][7]

In 2017, Wilkinson made sporadic appearances as captain on the pitch with skipper Alex Brosque off and vice-captain Sebastian Ryall injured for the majority of the season.

In July 2019, following the retirement of captain Brosque and after spending 3 years as vice-captain, Wilkinson was appointed captain of Sydney FC.[8]

International career



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.[9] 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 5 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.

On 30 March 2015 in a friendly match against FYR Macedonia, at the 72nd minute as captain Mile Jedinak was substituted off the ground, Wilkinson was handed the captain's arm band.

Career statistics



As of 8 May 2017
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 1 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
2015 21 0 1 0 8 0 23 0
Total 86 2 6 0 18 0 110 2
Melbourne City 2015–16 A-League 10 0 0 0 0 0 10 0
Sydney FC 2016–17 29 0 3 0 0 0 32 0
Career total 386 7 28 1 30 0 444 8

Honours



Club

Central Coast Mariners

Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors

Sydney FC

International

Australia

Individual

References



External links







Categories: 1984 births | Living people | Soccer players from Sydney | People educated at Epping Boys High School | Australia youth international soccer players | Australia under-20 international soccer players | Australian expatriate soccer players | Central Coast Mariners FC players | Northern Spirit FC players | Jiangsu Suning F.C. players | Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors FC players | Melbourne City FC players | Sydney FC players | A-League players | Chinese Super League players | K League 1 players | Expatriate footballers in China | Expatriate footballers in South Korea | Australian expatriate sportspeople in China | Australian expatriate sportspeople in South Korea | 2014 FIFA World Cup players | 2015 AFC Asian Cup players | AFC Asian Cup-winning players | Association football central defenders | Australian soccer players



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