A-Leagues champion departs for ‘exciting’ overseas transfer: ‘He will have a lasting legacy’

Western United star and fan favourite Lachlan Wales will leave the Isuzu UTE A-League club for an “exciting opportunity overseas”.

Wales – an Olyroos and nine-time Australia Under-23 international – departs after four years with Western, which included a memorable Championship in 2021-22.

The 26-year-old played a key role in the clubs run to their maiden title under John Aloisi two years ago, while he has established a “lasting legacy” at Ironbark Fields with the second-most appearances (107) in their history and 14 goals.

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“I’d just like to say thank you from the bottom of my heart. It takes a lot to build a football club
and I’m really proud that I’ve been able to be here for so many years and build the culture
and values,” Wales said.

“I’ve made so many great friendships and so many great memories, and I’m really looking forward to seeing where the club can go.

“I’ll be watching from afar, I know the club will be doing great things and I can’t wait to watch.”

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Wales, who joined Western in 2020, scored two goals in 2023-24 as Aloisi’s Western finished outside of the top six, though they moved into their new home in Tarneit.

The former Central Coast Mariners and Melbourne City forward is the sixth Western departure this off-season, after Steven Lustica, Josh Risdon, Nikita Rukavytsya, Jacob Tratt and Connor O’Toole.

“Lachie has been an incredible member of our community for the past four years and while he will be dearly missed, we are delighted for him to secure an opportunity abroad,” said general manager of football Mal Impiombato.

“He has developed such a strong connection with our fanbase and been part of our biggest milestones on the pitch, playing a major role in building the foundations of our young club.

“We are incredibly thankful for the contribution that Lachie has made to our club and wish him every success in his next steps.

“He will have lasting legacy here at Ironbark Fields and will always be welcome back as a member of our family.”