Andrew Durante joins exclusive 400-game club

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Western United defender Andrew Durante added his name to an esteemed roster on Saturday afternoon in his 400th Australian Championship game against Melbourne Victory.

Only six players have achieved the feat before him, with Alex Tobin leading the All-Comers with an astonishing 522 games played.

Durante has recorded his 399 appearances to date between NSL and A-League, with appearances at Sydney Olympic (2001 / 02-2002 / 03), Parramatta Power (2003/04), Newcastle Jets (2006 / 07-2007 / 08), Wellington Phoenix (2008 / 09–2018 / 19) and Western United (2019/20 – present).

The 38-year-old’s esteemed career in Australian football is highlighted by an NSL title with Sydney Olympic in 2001/02 and an A-League championship won with the Jets in the 2007/08 campaign, a grand final in which Durant has won the Joe Marston Medal as player of the match.

FOLLOW LIVE: Western United vs. Melbourne Victory

The former New Zealand international has said he never thought playing until the age of 38 would be possible when he embarked on what was to become an illustrious career.

“I remember when I was a young kid, a lot of the pros finished around 32, 33 and I thought ‘if I can get to that age, I’ll be really happy to finish at 32, 33.

“Honestly, I never thought I would play at 37, 38 but I still love it.

“If I didn’t wake up every day and love it, I wouldn’t.”

Andrew Durante
Durante holds the trophy in the air after winning the A-League Championship with Newcastle

“I had some really big injuries early in my career with broken legs, but since then I’ve managed to stay at the park fairly consistently,” continued Durante.

“I’ve had a pretty long career in the A-League and have played just about every game and every season since then.

“I was very lucky to have been able to do this.”

Western United win over Melbourne
Saturday, January 30, 2021
Kick-off: 5:05 p.m. AEDT
Location: AAMI PARC
Broadcast: FOX Sports 505, ABC TV
Broadcast: MyFootball Live app, Kayo Sports
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MOST APPEARANCES

522 – Alex Tobin

Adelaide City (436) 1984-1999 / 00, Parramatta Power (48) 2000 / 01-2001 / 02, Northern Spirit (38) 2002 / 03-2003 / 04

479 – Clint Bolton

Brisbane strikers (178) 1993 / 94-1999 / 00, Sydney Olympic (95) 2000 / 01-2002 / 03, Parramatta Power (27) 2003/04, Sydney FC (109) 2005 / 06-2009 / 10, Melbourne City (70) 2010 / 11–2012 / 13

452 Paul Trimboli

Soleil (22) 1987, South Melbourne (430) 1988-2003 / 04

447 Damien Mori

South Melbourne (33) 1989-89 / 90, Sunshine (24) 1990/91, Melbourne Knights (26) 1991/92, Adelaide City (216) 1992 / 93-1999 / 00, Perth Glory (129) 2000 / 01- 2005/06, Central Coast Mariners (8) 2006/07, Brisbane Roar (8) 2006/07, Central Coast Mariners (3) 2007/08

446 Sergio Melta

Adelaide (446) 1977-1994 / 95

406 Mike O’Shea

St George (256) 1977-1978 and 1982-1990 / 91, Canberra City (38) 1980-1981, Wollongong Wolves (112) 1991 / 92-1995 / 96

399 André Durante

Sydney Olympic (53) 2001 / 02–2002 / 03, Parramatta Power (5) 2003/04, Newcastle Utd (40) 2006 / 07–2007 / 08, Wellington Phoenix (273) 2008 / 09–2018 / 19, Western United (26) 2019/20, (2) 2020/21

398 André Marth

Sunshine (63) 1986-1989, Melbourne Knights (269) 1989 / 90-1997 / 98 and 2000 / 01-2003 / 04, Carlton (66) 1998 / 99-2000 / 01



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