Amphlett heads home

Amphlett heads home

Posted on May 18, 2012 in 'News'

It’s been a frustrating time for ECU Joondalup midfielder Tommy Amphlett, little game time at Perth Glory during the season was disappointing enough, but then to be told he was no-longer required by the A-League club at the end of the season was a huge blow. But the 23-year-old has re-joined his former club and made his debut against the NTC in round seven, and he’s enjoying playing again. “It’s great to back at ECU, and it’s nice to be straight back on the pitch playing. We started slow but once we got going we played some good stuff, and it would have been nice to win on my first game back, but it’s a positive result,” Amphlett said of the 3-3 draw against the NTC.

The midfielder enjoyed his time at The Glory, but to be released after such a successful season was disappointing. “Yes I’m disappointed, but that’s football. I thought I started the season really well, but then never got a look in the team. Now I’ve just got to look to the future, I believe I can make a real impact at that level, and I’m looking for an opportunity to show I can,” explained Amphlett, who played 30 games for the Glory.

“There have been a lot of good memories, obviously your debut is always special, but playing in front of big crowds every week, and training and playing with top players has been great. I’ve learnt a lot from some experienced players, which I’ll never forget.”

Amphlett was with the Glory squad for the Grand Final and although it was devastating to lose the game, the experience was amazing. “It was fantastic, Suncorp was packed, and the atmosphere was unbelievable, but we were unlucky to lose. I thought we were looking good, but Brisbane is such a good team you can never write them off. We felt robbed, we believed it wasn’t a penalty, but these things happen. Hopefully next season they can go one better,” said Amphlett.

Amphlett spoke to two clubs before making the decision to head back to Joondalup, but he’s looking forward to getting some game time in his legs and helping Joondalup up the table. “I spoke to Don Evans from Stirling Lions, we had a chat and he was really good with me. I really appreciate his call, and he was the first person to ring me. But because I’m an ECU lad and I’m only playing for two months, I wanted to help them out after they helped my development and getting to the next level,” said Amphlett.

“Salv (Todaro) has bought some quality in since he’s been here. It always takes a few games to get used to each other and also play system he has put into place. The training has been fantastic and really intense so it’s looking good.”

He’s enjoying being back in the state league, but wants to take the next step and play at the highest level he can. “The plan is to keep fit at Joondalup, if nothing comes about in the A-league then I’ll head overseas at the end of June. There has been interest but no offer on the table yet, but like I said I’m determined to keep going, I have the ability, I just have to go out there and prove it,” said Amphlett