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Michael Errol Thwaite (born 2 May 1983) is an Australian football (soccer) player who currently plays for Gold Coast United.

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 36)
Place of birth Brisbane, Australia
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)[1]
Playing position Centre back
Defensive midfielder
Number 3
Youth career
1990-2000 Saints Soccer Club, Cairns
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002 Sydney University 22 (5)
2002–2004 Marconi Stallions 36 (0)
2004–2006 Naţional Bucureşti 34 (0)
2006–2008 Wisła Kraków 6 (0)
2008–2009 SK Brann 2 (0)
2008–2009Melbourne Victory (loan) 16 (0)
2009–2012 Gold Coast United 82 (1)
2012–2016 Perth Glory 85 (2)
2016 Liaoning Whowin 25 (3)
2017–2018 Western Sydney Wanderers 21 (1)
2019 Gold Coast United 26 (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 27 April 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 5 October 2014

Club careerEdit

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 Bucureşti 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 2011 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 the 8th June 2019 Thwaite played his 100th competitive game for Gold Coast United scoring in the 52nd minute against South West Queensland.

International careerEdit

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. Thwaite was also a member of the Australian national team that qualified for the 2014 World Cup.


With Melbourne Victory:

Personal honours:


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


  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.

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