Old Dart calls MacDonald

Josh MacDonald, (in blue, right) is keen to head overseas, hopefully England. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER
Josh MacDonald, (in blue, right) is keen to head overseas, hopefully England. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER


Unanderra-born Sydney FC attacker Josh MacDonald has set his sights on an overseas deal at the end of the National Youth League season next week.

The 18-year-old is believed to have attracted interest from several European clubs, particularly in England and is hoping to secure a dream move away from these shores.

He trialled previously with Nottingham Forest in the English second division last year and was close to securing a move to the club before unforseen circumstances prevented the deal.

Twelve months down the track, as his campaign with the Sky Blues comes to a close, the exciting attacker is poised to indulge his overseas ambition again.

"I love England, everything about England is football, football, football so I am really looking forward to going back over there," MacDonald said.

Any overseas contract would put the young Sky Blue a strong position to secure a spot in the Young Socceroos side for October's AFC under-19 championship, which doubles as a qualifying event for the 2015 Under-20 World Cup.

The Young Socceroos preparations for the feature event kicked-off last week with a training camp in Parramatta.

MacDonald was one of 23 players selected to take part.

"Hopefully I can keep pushing and get in that squad [World Cup] as well," he said.

"Paul Okon and Millsy are two really good coaches so I am looking forward to getting coached under them and progressing with that squad and going to the World Cup."

Upon returning to the Sky Blues, MacDonald was substituted at half-time during the club's embarrassing 7-1 loss to the Newcastle Jets in their final home fixture of the season at WIN Stadium yesterday.

Sydney FC had already secured the title headed into the fixture but have seen their performance drop off since they collected the silverware.

"I don't know what is going at the moment to be honest.

"The last two weeks we haven't been anything near what we have been throughout the season," MacDonald said.

"We have one game left, hopefully we can turn it around and finish on a strong note and get back to where we were."


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