Jade North
North in 2008
Personal information
Full name Jade Bronson North
Date of birth (1982-01-07) 7 January 1982 (age 40)[1]
Place of birth Taree, New South Wales, Australia
Height 180 cm (5 ft 11 in)[2]
Position(s) Centre back / Right back
Youth career
1998 QAS
1999 AIS
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2001 Brisbane Strikers 48 (3)
2001–2003 Sydney Olympic 59 (3)
2003–2004 Perth Glory 22 (0)
2005–2009 Newcastle Jets 80 (2)
2009 Incheon United 9 (0)
2010 Tromsø 6 (0)
2010–2011 Wellington Phoenix 19 (0)
2011 FC Tokyo 4 (0)
2012 Consadole Sapporo 23 (0)
2013–2018 Brisbane Roar 115 (4)
2019 Murray United 12 (0)
2020 Eastern Suburbs 14 (0)
National team
1998–1999 Australia U-17 19 (4)
2001 Australia U-20 6 (1)
2004–2008 Australia U-23 15 (1)
2002–2013 Australia 41 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11 November 2020
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 25 July 2013

Jade Bronson North (born 7 January 1982) is a former professional Aboriginal Australian footballer. North has been a member of the Australian national football team, and is as of November 2021 co-chair of Football Australia's inaugural National Indigenous Advisory Group.

Early life

Jade Bronson North was born in Taree,[3] of Biripi descent.[4] He lived in New Zealand until the age of 11, then moved back to Australia, taking up residence in the suburb of Sunnybank in Brisbane, with his brother Brook North and parents. He attended Sunnybank High School until he was offered a place with the AIS in Canberra at the age of 15.[citation needed]

Club career

North joined the Brisbane Strikers as one of the youngest players to join the National Soccer League and then later moving to the Perth Glory.[citation needed]

North with the Newcastle Jets in 2007.
North with the Newcastle Jets in 2007.

He was named as the captain of the Newcastle Jets for the 2007–08 A-League season following the departure of Paul Okon.[5]

On 9 June 2008, Australian newspapers suggested that North was due to sign with Belgian club, Club Brugge, or with Armenian club Mika F.C. However any rumours of offers proved to purely speculative, with North admitting no concrete offers had materialised.[6]

On 3 November 2008, he was announced as the inaugural North Queensland Fury marquee player for the 2009–10 A-League season, however, after a week of rumours surrounding North's future, on 12 December 2008 it was publicised that North Queensland Fury would be releasing him from contract as he signed with South Korean K-League club Incheon United on a rumoured $2 million contract.[7]

North trialled with Swedish side Trelleborg but on 26 February 2010, Norwegian side Tromsø IL signed the Australian defender from Incheon United.[8][9] He spent four months in Norway before joining Wellington Phoenix on 30 July 2010 on a one-year deal.[10]

On 2 April 2011, he moved from Wellington to Japanese second-tier club FC Tokyo.[11]

On 8 January 2013, he signed a three and a half-year deal to play with Brisbane Roar in the A-League,[12] leaving after five years in April 2018.[13]

On 15 May 2019, North signed for National Premier League Victoria 2 side Murray United for the remainder of the season.[14]

International career

North playing for Australia
North playing for Australia

North's breakthrough came when he played every game of Australia's runner's up side at the 1999 FIFA U-17 World Championship where his country lost the final to Brazil on penalties. He was also a member of Australia's quarter-final effort[citation needed] at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece, five years later.[15]

In 2008, prior to the 2010 World Cup Qualifier against China, North became the first ever Aboriginal Socceroos captain for the 0–0 Draw with Singapore.[citation needed]

He participated in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China.[15]

Other roles

In 2017, North launched a non-for-profit football program called "Kickin' With A Cuz" which was designed to reach young boys and girls through football, with a vision to create sustainable pathways and outcomes for kids to make better life choices.[16]

In November 2021 North was appointed as co-chair of the inaugural National Indigenous Advisory Group of Football Australia. The group aims at supporting and increasing Indigenous participation in the game.[4]

Club statistics

All-time club performances
Club Season A-League1 Pre-Season Cup Asia2 Total
App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals
Newcastle Jets 2005–06 21 0 3 0 24 0
2006–07 18 1 5 1 23 2
2007–08 25 0 4 0 29 0
2008–09 16 1 0 0 16 1
Total 80 2 12 1 92 3
Club Season K League FA Cup Asia2 Total
App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals
Incheon United 2009 9 0 9 0
Total 9 0 9 0
Club Season Premier League Norwegian Cup Europe Total
App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals
Tromsø IL 2010 6 0 2 0 8 0
Total 6 0 2 0 8 0
Club Season A-League1 Asia2 Total
App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals
Wellington Phoenix 2010–11 19 0 19 0
Total 19 0 19 0
Club Season J2 League Emperor's Cup Asia2 Total
App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals
FC Tokyo 2011 4 0 4 0
Total 4 0 4 0
Club Season J1 League J.League Cup Asia2 Total
App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals
Consadole Sapporo 2012 21 0 2 0 23 0
Total 21 0 2 0 23 0
Club Season A-League1 Asia2 Total
App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals
Brisbane Roar 2012–13 10 0 1 0 11 0
2013–14 22 1 22 1
2014–15 19 0 19 0
2015–16 29 3 29 3
2016–17 26 0 26 0
2017–18 9 0 3 0 9 0
Total 115 4 4 0 119 4
Career total 254 6 16 1 4 0 274 7
Last updated 9 March 2014

1 – includes A-League final series statistics
2AFC Champions League statistics are included in season commencing during group stages (i.e. ACL 2013 and A-League season 2012–2013 etc.)

National team statistics

As of 21 January 2014[17][18][19]

Honours

With Australia:

With Newcastle Jets:

With Perth Glory:

With Sydney Olympic:

With Brisbane Roar:

Individual

References

  1. ^ Jade North at Olympedia Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "Jade North". Brisbane Roar players. Football Australia. Retrieved 15 January 2014.
  3. ^ "Jade North: the former Socceroo using the power of sport to build bridges | Samantha Lewis". the Guardian. 12 November 2020. Retrieved 19 March 2022.
  4. ^ a b Rugari, Vince (8 November 2021). "'It's groundbreaking': Football is finally getting serious about Indigenous Australia". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 27 November 2021.
  5. ^ Newcastle Jets look North for Captain Archived 6 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine. Newcastlejets.com.au. Retrieved on 11 July 2011.
  6. ^ Gardiner, James. (26 June 2008) North staying put Jets captain to see out contract Archived 17 August 2008 at the Wayback Machine. Theherald.yourguide.com.au. Retrieved on 11 July 2011.
  7. ^ "Fury happy to free North". Archived from the original on 8 February 2009. Retrieved 11 December 2008.
  8. ^ "Incheon United's North to trial with Trelleborg - Tribal Football".
  9. ^ North in from cold with Norway move. Goldcoast.com.au (26 February 2010).
  10. ^ Phoenix snare Socceroo North Archived 13 August 2010 at the Wayback Machine. Wellingtonphoenix.com. Retrieved on 11 July 2011.
  11. ^ "North to join FC Tokyo". FIFA. 2 April 2011. Archived from the original on 6 April 2011.
  12. ^ "Defending A-League champions Brisbane Roar sign experienced Japanese-based Socceroo Jade North". Foxsports.com.au. 8 January 2013.
  13. ^ "Brisbane Roar announce Jade North exit". Fox Sports. 26 April 2018.
  14. ^ Greenway, Beau (15 May 2019). "Murray North-bound with signature of former Socceroo". The Border Mail. Retrieved 17 May 2019.
  15. ^ a b "Australian Indigenous Olympians" (PDF). Australian Olympic Committee. Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 September 2018. Retrieved 10 May 2015.
  16. ^ "Jade North launches "Kickin With a Cuz" Football Program". Football NSW. June 2017. Retrieved 17 December 2018.
  17. ^ "Jade North". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmermann. Retrieved 11 July 2011.
  18. ^ Jade North at Soccerway
  19. ^ "Jade North » Internationals".
  20. ^ "Roar's North named NAIDOC Sportsperson of the Year". FourFourTwo. Retrieved 9 July 2016.