Alex Wilkinson : biography
Alexander Wilkinson (born 13 August 1984 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia) is an Australian football (soccer) player. He currently plays for Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors in the K-League. Before moving clubs, Wilkinson was also the captain of the Mariners.
He represented Australia in 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship. In August 2006, Alex was selected for the first time to join the 22 man Socceroos squad, training for the Asian Cup against Kuwait. He has also joined the 37 man training squad for the Socceroos against Qatar.
Alexander's bright career began in Ryde East Primary School and Epping Boys' High School where he showed excellent talents on the field as a sportsman and off the field in his sportsmanship. His main junior football club was North Ryde and then with Gladesville Hornsby/Northern Spirit youth team where he played alongside Brett Holman. He currently plays as a central defender for the Australian A-League team Central Coast Mariners. On Sunday 12 November 2006, Noel Spencer was dropped from the starting eleven and in his absence Alex Wilkinson was named captain of the team. Spencer was then struck down with injury and Alex filled in as captain until round 18 when Spencer returned. He was named Captain for Season 3 (2007–2008) and only injury has interrupted that (with ex-Socceroo Tony Vidmar and midfielder John Hutchinson filling in). On 17 March 2011 it was announced that Wilkinson had signed a short-term loan deal with Chinese side Jiangsu Sainty.http://theworldgame.sbs.com.au/a-league/news/1048909/Wilkinson-s-Chinese-adventure Wilkinson's Chinese adventure On 18 July he had signed up for a two and a half year contract with Jeonbuk Motors, a team in the K-League. Reports suggest that he is getting paid $450,000 for his time at the club.http://au.fourfourtwo.com/news/245817,wilkinson-confirms-korea-move.aspx
|Central Coast Mariners||2005-06||21||0||4||0||5||0||30||0|
|Club||Season||Chinese Super League||Chinese FA Cup||Asia||Other||Total|
|China}} Jiangsu Sainty||2011||10||0||10||0|
|Club||Season||K-League||Korean FA Cup||Asia||Other||Total|
|Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors||2012||15||0||15||0|
1Includes A-League Pre-Season Challenge Cup
Central Coast Mariners:
- A-League Premiership: 2007-2008, 2011-2012
- OFC U-17 Championship: 2001
- OFC U-20 Championship: 2002
- Alex Wilkinson was the first player to score a goal at Melbourne's AAMI Park.
- Alex Wilkinson is the record games holder for the Central Coast Mariners.
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