Donachie departs Brisbane as crisis deepensPosted: June 1, 2016
Brisbane defensive has been severely dented tonight with the departure of James Donachie following the conclusion of his contract. The fact his contract expires now is a farce in itself, with the contract initially intended to run until the end of next season.
The departure of Donachie comes at the worst time for the beleaguered owners, who were met with the news that the clubs medical department –Allsports Physiotherapy- would not be continuing their work with the Roar following this week due to unpaid bills.
All of this adds further fire to the calls for the FFA to step in and strip the Indonesian group of their licence, with the governing body waiting to hear the groups plans to recapitalise and take the Roar forward on Monday.
Donachie, who spent two seasons in the Brisbane National Youth League setup made his debut in the final M1 derby against Gold Coast in round 27 of the 2011-12 season, went on to make 71 appearances in all competitions for Brisbane in the ensuing four seasons.
While the 2012-13 season was an up and down one for Brisbane, it turned out to be a breakout season for Donachie, who in his first season as a member of the first team squad went to make 19 appearances, including invaluable experience in both the A-League Finals and the Asian Champions League.
With the return from injury of Matt Smith alongside Jade North Donachie would get less opportunities in 2013-14, he would however go on to get the assist in the A-League Grand Final with his cross to Henrique helping to net Brisbane’s third Championship in four seasons.
That contribution off the bench in the Grand Final –coupled with the departure of Ivan Franjic- gave Donachie a chance the next season in an unnatural role at right back, however a string of errors saw him return to the bench. James would however fight his way back into the side following the departure of Matt Smith with some stellar performances in the second half of the season.
This season due to the form of Daniel Bowles and various Australian u-23 call-ups Donachie played just the 11 games this season, but when the business end of the season came around it was Donachie who was preferred in the heart of defence.
Donachie’s departure leaves Brisbane with a bunch of question marks in the heart of defence going into the new season, with a bunch of centre halves that have question marks over them. Jade North, who will be 35 midway through next season, had a strong campaign in 2015-16, but will his body hold up for another year.
Injuries have also stagnated the career of Luke DeVere, who played in just two NYL games this season before being shut down with further complications. That leaves just Daniel Bowles, who had a solid if unspectacular season last year, and the unproven Kye Rowles who is yet to make his senior debut.
It’s always fun to see young players emerge from the youth side and make their mark in the A-League side. Best of luck in the future James.
Player number– 85
Debut– Round 27 2011-12 (Gold Coast- A)
Games– 61 (10)
Honours– 2x A-League Champion (2012, 2014), 2014 Premiership.