Wanderers farewell Russell

Western Sydney Wanderers FC have today farewelled defender Tate Russell who departs the club to pursue other opportunities. 

Russell, who has been part of the Wanderers family since 2016, departs the club with over 100 appearances and seven goals to his name.

The hard-working defender worked his way up from the Wanderers Academy to the Isuzu UTE A-Leagues squad where he made his debut in 2018.

The 24-year-old went on to become a key part of the Red & Black’s defence for a number of seasons before unfortunately tearing his Anterior Cruciate Ligament in 2022 which saw him sidelined for an entire season.

Russell returned back to full form in the recent 2023/24 season and featured in 16 matches and scored one goal for the club.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – OCTOBER 28: Wanderers players celebrate at full-time during the A-League Men round two match between Western Sydney Wanderers and Western United at CommBank Stadium, on October 28, 2023, in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)

A fantastic ambassador and true community leader, Russell will forever be remembered by the Wanderers faithful for his resilience and passion for the club.

“I would personally like to thank Tate for his contribution to the club both on and off the field over the last eight years,” said Hudson.

“Tate has grown up at our football club and has always been a shining example of our Academy pathway.

“The entire club – Wanderers Board of Directors, football staff, administration staff, partners and wider Wanderers family, want to wish Tate all the best in the next stage of his career.”

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – OCTOBER 22: Tate Russell of the Wanderers passes the ball during the A-League Men round one match between Western Sydney Wanderers and Wellington Phoenix at CommBank Stadium, on October 22, 2023, in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)

Tate Russell thanked the club for helping him follow his football dreams.

“I would like to thank the club for giving me the opportunity eight years ago to join the Academy to start following my football dream,” said Russell.

“It has been such a dream come true for me and I treasure every moment I’ve ever played in the Red & Black.

“Thank you to all the coaches and players that I have worked with who have guided me throughout this journey.

“And finally thank you to the members and fans who have always supported me and driven me to become a better player and person.”