Earmarked early in his career as captaincy material, Old played for all three New Zealand youth teams and remarkably captained the U-23 side in their failed Athens Olympics campaign at the tender age of 17.
A tall and stylish defender, Old debuted for the senior side aged 18 during the All Whites tilt for the 2006 FIFA World Cup™ which ultimately ended ignominiously after being pipped for a playoff berth by the Solomon Islands.
Captain of the U-23 team for a second time Old led from the front and scored the winner against Fiji in a pivotal qualifying match, before playing in Beijing.
Old's club career stuttered after spells with Newcastle Jets and Wellington Phoenix and he played a season in the second tier of Australian football with Sydney club Macarthur Rams. However after a 12 month absence from professional football Old signed for Scottish Premier League club Kilmarnock in March 2009 following a protracted delay awaiting a work permit, but first-team outings in Scotland have been limited.
National team coach Ricki Herbert has never lost faith with Old's capabilities rewarding him with two caps during the 2010 FIFA World Cup campaign. Old was selected for New Zealand's FIFA Confederations Cup South Africa 2009 squad but failed to see any game time playing only against Tanzania in a pre-tournament friendly. The Palmerston North-born Old was recalled for the All Whites squad to play Mexico in March but he remained an unused substitute.