Kolkata: ATK Mohun Bagan have signed Australian A-League star defender Brendan Hamill ahead of the upcoming Hero Indian Super League (ISL) 2022-23 season, the club announced on Thursday.
Born in Sydney, the 29-year-old defender began his career playing in youth academies and lower division clubs in Australia, and made his professional debut at Melbourne Heart FC (now rebranded as Melbourne City FC) in 2010.
After a two-year stay at Melbourne City FC, the defender moved to K-League 1 side Seongnam FC, South Korea’s top division football, in 2012. The defender played in K-League 1 for two years but could not get the desired results there.
“Hamil is a player who helps build the game and who uses his experience to help the team in difficult defensive moments. He will be an asset to the team,” ATK Mohun Bagan head coach Juan Ferrando commented on the new signing.
He then returned to the bottom and signed for A-League club Western Sydney Wanderers in 2014. He flourished at the Western Sydney Wanderers club. Which was later rewarded in the form of captaincy. The defender spent five years at WSW, making 79 appearances and scoring 4 goals.
In 2019, Hamill was joined by an A-League club named Western United FC. The full-back played 20 matches for Western United FC in his two-year stay. Thereafter, he moved to Melbourne Victory Club in 2021 on a two-year deal, where he scored 3 goals in 18 matches.
He also represented the Australian national teams at the U17, U20 and U23 levels and appeared in 30 sports in total. Hamill also participated in the Asian Olympic qualifying matches for the senior team.
The 29-year-old has won several major trophies throughout his career, winning the coveted AFC Champions League trophy with Western Sydney Wanderers in 2014, and also, most recently, the FFA Cup in 2021 with Melbourne Victory.
The inclusion of an Australian defender in the Mariners will strengthen their defense. Hamill along with Tiri has the potential to be a deterrent for the opposition strikers.
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