McMurray heads home to ECU

McMurray heads home to ECU

Posted on April 13, 2011 in 'News'

The arrival of former State striker Ian McMurray has strengthened ECU Joondalup’s hopes of collecting silverware this year. McMurray  re-joined the northern suburbs club last week following a couple of seasons at Perth SC. “Syd (Amphlett) has the team working hard for each other and with his passion rubbing off on the boys I’m looking forward to the season ahead,” commented McMurray.

McMurray, who played his first three seasons of State League football with Joondalup, says the club is in much better shape today compared to his previous stint. “The squad has more depth than few years back, that showed on Saturday when we had Dale McCulloch, Charlie Comyn-Platt, Matt Italiano and myself on the bench,” McMurray said. “Also the younger players have had more match time and have gained more experience playing in the Premier League which has help them progress to the level they are at now.”

Joondalup’s Night Series performances point towards a big year for the club. “They knocked out last years’ Grand Finalists, Western Knights and Perth, along the way to making the final where they were unlucky to lose to Floreat Athena,” said McMurray. “With players like Charlie Comyn-Platt, Chris Wylie, Jon Higgins and John Thornley the core was already there, and with the excellent additions and the quality young kids coming through things are really looking good.”

McMurray realised his time with Perth was at an end following discussions with new coach Ronnie Campbell. “I was not in his plans and was not going to be offered a new contract,” stated the striker. “After thinking about things and chatted with a few clubs I decided on playing for Joondalup. I know a few of the players and coaches from my time there before and know how much they want to be challenging for trophies come finals time. After speaking with Syd and hearing his passion and drive for winning, my decision was made.”

In his two seasons with Perth McMurray accumulated plenty of happy memories. “The highlights have to be winning the 2010 Night Series and scoring the winning goal, winning the Grand Finals in 2009 and 2010 and scoring in both, and being lucky enough to receive the Gary Marrochi Medal for 2010 Grand Final,” he said. “I was glad to be given the chance to play for Perth and winning some trophies along the way was a bonus. The players are a great bunch of lads and I wish them all the best for the season…..except when it’s against Joondalup!”