Defender Tate Russell
- D.O.B. 24/8/99
Growing up in Wollongong, Tate Russell started playing football in 2003 for local side Wollongong Olympic Junior FC, spending five years with the side before inclusion in Football NSW’s Project 22 in 2008.
The defender joined the Illawarra Skills Acquisition Program in 2010 before a four year stint with South Coast Wolves saw Tate win state titles in 2013 & 2014.
A defender with pace to burn, Russell was a train-on for the Wanderers’ Foxtel National Youth League team for the 2015/16 season and made his debut against Newcastle Jets in Round 11.
Russell joined the Wanderers Academy following the conclusion of the NYL season in 2016.
The youngster had a break out Hyundai A-League 2018/19 season, debuting for the Wanderers against Melbourne Victory in Round 11. He played 12 games and started in 11.
Touted as one of the players of the future, Russell signed a one-year contract extension for the 2019/20 season.
Russell went on to make 15 appearances the following season and went on to further secure his future at the Wanderers re-signing for an additional two seasons.
The 2020/21 season saw Russell solidify his place as the Red & Black's starting right-back, featuring in 22 matches and scoring one goal.
Four Wanderers named in Australia’s U-23s squad for road to Tokyo
Wanderers Keanu Baccus, Jordan O'Doherty, Tate Russell and Tass Mourdoukoutas have today been named in a 26-player squad that will participate in Australia's U-23 men's national football team training camp in Sydney over the next nine days.