Joondalup set for strong finish – Higgins

Joondalup set for strong finish – Higgins

Posted on August 31, 2012 in 'News'

ECU Joondalup have struggled at the wrong end of the Premier League table this season but midfielder Jon Higgins, who missed a number of weeks due to a South American holiday, is expecting the club to end the season on a high.

They need just one point from their remaining two games to stay in the top flight and the 26-year-old believes the side is settled and playing some good football. “Things are going really well down the club at the moment, we have really started to gel and the lads attitudes couldn’t be better, picking up a few points always keeps everyone around the club happy too” said Higgins.

It’s been a disrupted season for the club with injuries, suspensions and new players coming to the club but Higgins believes this can’t be used as an excuse. “Every team has there injuries and suspensions so that’s something we can’t use has an excuse. Yes we’ve had a couple of players that have had to adjust to new positions and a few new players come in this year, but they are really starting to show there quality in the last few games, hopefully we can keep the squad together for next year,” explained Higgins.

The northern suburbs club showed what they can do with a stunning win against Perth SC last week and Higgins was delighted with the performance. “Going to Dorrien Gardens, and picking up any points is difficult, so to come away with all three points in the position we are in at the moment was huge for us. It was good to get on the score sheet again, finally some of the miss kicks are going in,” joked Higgins.

Coach Salv Todaro has been delighted with the form of Higgins. “Jon is a quality performer and his steadying influence in the middle of the park in the second half of the season has contributed to the improved performance of the team,” said Todaro

The form of the former State under 16’s and 23’s player was rewarded with a spot in the Senior State side that took on Perth Glory last week, and he enjoyed the game and was impressed with the A-League outfit. “Glory was really impressive, very fit and well organised, on the pitch you could tell the difference from part time to full time football,” said Higgins.

“The state team still put in a top effort considering we only had two sessions prior to the game, saying that it is really good to see that the Glory have a strong squad and hopefully go a step further this year.”

Joondalup take on his former club Balcatta today and Higgins will looking to give his coach a good end to his first season in charge. “Salv was really welcoming to me when I got back from America, he’s very passionate about football and has a good understanding with all the players,” explained Higgins.

“Balcatta are going be very hard to break down, but I believe the way the lads are playing at the moment, the quality we have and the form we are in hopefully it’ll be three more points.”