Waterford sign Australian defender Forde

8th January 2024

Joseph Forde becomes latest Waterford recruit

Waterford have announced the signing of defender Joseph Forde as he joins the club from A-League side Perth Glory.

Forde, 20, starred for the Perth Glory Academy before making his first A-League appearance in March 2022, featuring on six occasions before adding 11 appearances in the 2022/23 season.

Joseph has also represented Australia seven times at U20 level.

Speaking to WaterfordFC.ie, Joseph said: “I’m very excited to be here. It’s a new chapter for me in my football journey. I know a bit about the league. I’m Irish myself, and I’ve a mate in Australia – Aaron McEneff [former LOI midfielder] – I’ve been talking to him, and he’s been giving me the rundown of the league. I describe myself as an attacking full-back. I like to go forward, take players on, deliver crosses, and make things happen. I enjoyed meeting all the lads and they all made me feel welcome. It’s completely different from where I’ve been in Australia, so I’m very excited and ready to take it on.”

Speaking to WaterfordFC.ie after announcing the new addition, Head Coach Keith Long said:

“We’re delighted to welcome Joseph to the group, joining us from the A-League with Perth Glory. Joseph has played first team football there; at a good standard and a good level. He’s very fit and athletic, and a very fast and powerful defender. He’s adaptable in terms of positions; he can play full back, wing back, left back so we’re looking forward to working with him. He’s 20 years of age, has played for the Australian Under-20s, has got Irish connections, and has ambitions to play at a high level in the game, so we’re hopeful he’ll make a big impact this season.”