Phoenix Snare The Signatures Of Two Former Socceroos


Wellington Phoenix today announce the signing of two proven and experienced Hyundai A-League competitors in Mitch Nichols and David Williams.

Mitch Nichols signs on with 219 Hyundai A-League appearances and 39 goals, with David Williams bringing 148 appearances and 29 goals from his time in the competition.

Head Coach, Mark Rudan sees the snaring of Nichols and Williams as significant additions to his rapidly forming squad.

“These two players are proven A-League competitors – as their statistics prove, they both can score goals, and they both are capable of a bit of x-factor which can change a game.

“But importantly for me, and right at the top of my player characteristics list, is leadership and experience.

“These two players have that – with over 350 A-League appearances between them we have signed some real A-League grunt.”

Nichols says the prospect of joining Mark Rudan’s project was the opportunity he was looking for as his next career step.

“Every time I came to Wellington I knew it was a special place with a special following and I’m looking forward to showing the fans what I can offer.

“I talked with Mark and wanted to be part of the project that Mark is building here in Wellington.

“I can’t wait to get in to the full swing of things, work hard and earn my place.”

Williams also stated how the Coach’s vision for the squad helped him in his decision to sign for Wellington.

“Mark has a very clear vision of where the club can go this season.

“Mark’s an extremely driven coach and after talking to him about the project here I wanted to be a part of it.

“Having played in the A-League already I know I have what it takes to compete and win at the highest level.

“I’m looking forward to bringing that with me to Wellington.”

Nichols signs on for two years, with Williams on a one year deal.

Nichols and Williams’ signings follow on from the signings of ex-English Premier League defender Steven Taylor and Polish international keeper Filip Kurto.


David Williams At a Glance

Professional Playing Career

2006              Queensland Roar – Coach: Frank Farina

2006-10        BrØndby – Coaches: René Meulensteen, Tom KØhlert, Kent Nielsen

2009-10       North Queensland Fury (Loan) – Coach: Frantisek Straka

2010-11         North Queensland Fury – Coach: Frantisek Straka

2011                Sydney FC (Loan) – Coach: Vitêzslav Lavicka

2011-16         Melbourne City – Coaches: John van ‘t Schip, John Aloisi    

2016-08       Haladás – Coaches: Géza Mészöly, Bálint Pacsi, Michal Hipp


Mitch Nichols At a Glance

Professional Playing Career

2007-13    Brisbane Roar Coaches: Frank Farina, Ange Postecoglou, Rado Vidošić, Mike Mulvey

2013-14    Melbourne Victory Coaches: Ange Postecoglou, Kevin Muscat

2014-15    Cerezo Osaka – Coach: Ranko Popović

2014-15    Perth Glory (Loan) – Coach: Kenny Lowe

2015-17    Western Sydney Wanderers – Coach: Tony Popovic

2017-18    Perth Glory – Coach: Kenny Lowe


2007-09  Australia U-20

2010-12   Australia U-23

2009-       Socceroos