The Wollongong Wolves have received a major boost on the eve of their FFA Cup stoush against Wagga City with the news former Western Sydney Wanderers striker Josh MacDonald has joined the club.
In a massive coup, the 20-year-old will make his debut on Wednesday night at Macedonia Park when the Wolves play for a chance to qualify for the competition’s round-of-32.
A win in the match could lead to the club facing off against an A-League giant.
MacDonald’s arrival will undoubtedly help bolster the Wolves’ bid to reach the next round.
He linked up with the squad late last week after playing the 2015-16 season at A-League powerhouse Western Sydney, where he made two first team appearances.
Despite being a Unanderra Hearts junior, Wednesday’s match will be his first appearance at the former NSL champions.
“It is beautiful to be back,” MacDonald told the Illawarra Mercury.
“I have always wanted to come back here and play in my home city and for the Wollongong Wolves. I am looking forward to it, being back here, training locally with a good bunch of boys to be around.”
MacDonald has already played alongside several of his new Wolves teammates during a glittering youth career.
The attacking talent has represented Australia at under 17’s and under 20’s level and has had stints at Sydney FC as well as overseas at Tottenham Hotspur and Nottingham Forest.
“My time overseas was second to none,” MacDonald said.
“Of course, it wasn’t just a football experience.
“I grew up a lot living on my own and all that sort of thing.
“Different teams had different philosophies which brought all new things into my game and made me a different player.”
MacDonald’s arrival should give the Wolves added variety in a front line which already features Peter Simonoski, Ricky Zucco, Nicolas Bernal and Brent Wilson.
He hopes to provide the club with even more firepower.
“Hopefully I can get myself in the right positions and the ball come my way so I can help the boys climb the ladder and make the finals,” MacDonald said.
He will wear the number 19 jersey in 2016.