Tate Russell re-signs

Western Sydney Wanderers FC have tonight confirmed the re-signing of Tate Russell on a two-year deal that will see him don the Red & Black until the end of 2024/25 A-Leagues season.

The defender has been part of the Wanderers set-up since 2016 where he worked his way up from the Wanderers Academy to the A-Leagues team.

Russell made his A-Leagues debut in 2018 and has gone on to make close to 70 domestic appearances for the club.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 05: Tate Russell of the Western Sydney Wanderers controls the ball during the round 11 A-League match between the Western Sydney Wanderers and the Melbourne Victory at ANZ Stadium on January 5, 2019 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brook Mitchell/Getty Images)

This season, Russell has been unfortunately sidelined by an anterior cruciate ligament injury that will see him out of action until the 2023 pre-season.

Russell said he was delighted to continue his journey at the club as he feels he has unfinished business.

“It’s good to know that you have the support of the staff, the people in the backroom and the Boss, and all the people that are looking forward to seeing you play,” said Russell.

“Especially in the position I’m in, it’s a nice feeling and a weight off my shoulders. I can now just knuckle down and focus on my football, get back to where I need to be and get that jersey back on.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – APRIL 13: Tate Russell of the Wanderers celebrates scoring a goal during the A-League Mens match between Western Sydney Wanderers and Central Coast Mariners at CommBank Stadium, on April 13, 2022, in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

“The thing I was most happy about with the re-signing is that I don’t feel done here.

“I feel like I’ve been here for so long and haven’t yet done anything. I don’t want to feel like I’ve left here and haven’t won anything, and that I haven’t put smiles on the faces of members and fans. 

“That’s what everyone wants to do this year and unfortunately, I’m not part of it, but I am behind-the-scenes. So that would be the biggest thing for me over the next two years – to leave something behind for the members and fans to remember me.”