Friday, July 13, 2018
Former Phoenix Academy graduate James McGarry has signed a two year contract with Dutch Eredivisie side Willem II. McGarry and fellow kiwi Michael Woud (from Sunderland) join Ryan Thomas at PEC Zwolle as the only kiwi's playing in the Dutch top flight.
James found his 1st Team appearances at the Phoenix limited during his three year spell as a pro with some bad runs with injuries but now gets a fresh start in Europe to showcase his obvious abilities. McGarry came through the Academy starting at APFA in Christchurch before moving north in the amalgamation with the Phoenix in 2014.
He signed professional terms with the club in 2015/2016 season under previous coach Ernie Merrick making his A-League debut that season. He also made 52 appearances for the Reserve Team in the ISPS Handa Premiership scoring 11 goals and has represented New Zealand at U17 & U20 levels.