Michael Thwaite
Thwaite playing for Western Sydney Wanderers FC in 2017
Personal information
Full name Michael Errol Thwaite
Date of birth (1983-05-02) 2 May 1983 (age 38)
Place of birth Brisbane, Australia
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)[1]
Position(s) Centre back
Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Gold Coast United
Number 3
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002 Sydney University 22 (5)
2002–2004 Marconi Stallions 36 (0)
2004–2006 Naţional București 39 (0)
2006–2008 Wisła Kraków 21 (0)
2008–2009 SK Brann 4 (0)
2008–2009Melbourne Victory (loan) 16 (0)
2009–2012 Gold Coast United 82 (1)
2012–2016 Perth Glory 93 (2)
2016 Liaoning Whowin 25 (3)
2017–2018 Western Sydney Wanderers 24 (1)
2019–2020 Gold Coast United 46 (4)
National team
2002–2003 Australia U-20 8 (0)
2004 Australia U-23 3 (1)
2005–2013 Australia 13 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 2 December 2020
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 5 October 2014

Michael Errol Thwaite (born 2 May 1983) is a former Australian football (soccer) player who last played for Gold Coast United.

Club career

Michael was raised in Cairns and played all his junior football at Saints Soccer Club. His amateur senior career began at merged club Edge Hill-Saints before moving south to Sydney University in the New South Wales Winter Super League on a Warwick Segal university scholarship. He then spent two seasons playing professionally for Marconi Stallions (2002–2004) in the now defunct NSL, before heading to Romania. He was then signed to Wisła Kraków on a Bosman transfer from FC Naţional București in Romania's Divizia A.

On 28 January 2008 he signed for SK Brann and was loaned to the Melbourne Victory on 19 June 2008.[2] On 26 July 2008 he scored his first goal for the Victory in a pre-season cup game against Perth Glory, to guide the Victory to a 1–0 win in Perth.

On 5 January 2009 he was signed from Melbourne by Gold Coast United after successfully negotiating his transfer from Brann.[3][4]

On 1 February 2012 he scored his first goal in his professional career for Gold Coast United against his former club Melbourne Victory at Aurora Stadium in Tasmania. The game finished 1–1.

Michael played for Perth Glory for the 2012–2013 A-League season onwards after Gold Coast United folded at the end of the 2011–12 A-League season and was selected as part of the PFA team of the year. He also featured in the All Stars match verses Juventus after the 2013–14 A-League. He played every single minute of the 2014–15 A-League season.

Following Perth Glory's salary cap scandal of the 2014–15 A-League season, it is understood his days at the club were numbered and in mid-January Thwaite joined Chinese club Liaoning Whowin.[5]

During Michael's first season in the 2016 Chinese Super League Thwaite made 25 appearances scoring 3 goals.

Following changes to the Chinese Super League's foreign allowance and Liaoning Whowin signing Australians Robbie Kruse and James Holland, Thwaite was released along with his Australian teammate Dario Vidošić in February 2017.[6]

Thwaite signed for Western Sydney Wanderers for the 2017–18 A-League season, scoring 1 goal and reaching 200 A-League games during the Sydney Derby on 25 February 2018. At the conclusion of the season, Michael returned home to his family on the Gold Coast.[7]

In 2019 Michael will play for Gold Coast United in the Queensland National Premier League. On 8 June 2019 Thwaite played his 100th competitive game for Gold Coast United scoring in the 52nd minute against South West Queensland.

On 23 March 2021 Thwaite announced his retirement from professional football 19 years after making his professional debut.[8] Gold Coast United thanked and paid tribute to Thwaite by releasing the following statement: "On behalf of everyone here at Gold Coast United FC and from across football near and far, thanks Michael and congratulations on your contribution to the game. Thwaitey's football journey took off when he moved from Cairns to Sydney as a teenager in 2002 for University. Fittingly his last 'competitive' match was leading his beloved Queensland on to Perry Park in the NPL 'State of Origin' match late 2020, a proud moment, one of many. In between times, across those 18 years, some blood, plenty of sweat and a few tears shed in an impressive playing career that criss-crossed the globe and country. Michael competed with distinction in the NSL, overseas, in the A-League, for our National teams and in the NPL. His commitment and dedication to the game and his professionalism and approach have always been exemplary. 'Bravo Thwaitey' well played! We've been privileged to have you at the club and we wish you, Chantelle and the girls all the very best.".[9]

International career

Thwaite lining up for Australia
Thwaite lining up for Australia

Thwaite was part of the Australian under-20s team in the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship in the UAE. He was also involved with the 2004 Olympics qualifying team, but did not make the final squad for the tournament proper. He made his international debut on 9 October 2005 in a 5–0 win in a friendly match held in London against Jamaica. He was a squad member of the Australian national team in their historic World Cup qualifying tie against Uruguay, but did not play, as head coach Guus Hiddink preferred the more experienced Tony Popovic and Tony Vidmar in the starting lineup. Michael was selected for the Socceroos at the 2007 Asian Cup reaching the Quarter Final against Japan in Hanoi, Vietnam. Thwaite was also a member of the Australian national team that qualified for the 2014 World Cup.

Honours

With Melbourne Victory:

Personal honours:

Education

He has a Bachelor of Human Movement Science degree from CQUniversity Australia. Michael also is a certified AFC B-Licence coach.

References

  1. ^ "M. THWAITE". Soccerway. Retrieved 23 May 2016.
  2. ^ Thwaite is over for Victory
  3. ^ Thwaite and Minniecon confirmed for Gold Coast Archived 2 March 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Thwaite to Coast into Roo line-up
  5. ^ Lewis, Dave (18 January 2016). "Thwaite to face Cahill in China after securing deal". SBS.
  6. ^ Somerford, Ben (6 February 2017). "Vidosic and Thwaite become free agents". FourFourTwo.
  7. ^ "Western Sydney Wanderers announce departures of Jack Clisby, Michael Thwaite, Alvaro Cejudo". Fox Sports. 27 April 2018.
  8. ^ "Michael Thwaite calls time on his playing career". National Premier Leagues. 23 March 2021. Retrieved 11 April 2021.
  9. ^ "Michael Thwaite calls time on his playing career". National Premier Leagues. 23 March 2021. Retrieved 11 April 2021.