Joondalup teenager heads to Fulham

Joondalup teenager heads to Fulham

Posted on June 8, 2012 in 'News'

ECU Joondalup teenager defender Cameron Burgess will head to Premier League side Fulham at the end of the month, after a successful trail at the Craven Cottage club in March.

The 16-year-old, who has starred in Joondalup’s senior side in recent weeks, is looking forward to the new challenge. “I leave at the end of this month after I received a three year contract at Fulham, after my trials. I’m definitely looking forward to the opportunity and it will be a great experience for me to hopefully develop as a player,” said Burgess.

The talented defender, who played for the Joondalup Academy, has made the step up to senior football at the club after returning from his trials, and he’s fitted in really well. “I’m enjoying playing at ECU, they have a good set up and made me really welcome when I arrived. It has been frustrating time for the team this season, although every game we feel like we probably deserved more than we were getting and we were doing everything except getting the desired results. We had a great win on the weekend and hopefully we can go and build on that,” explained Burgess.

That 5-1 win against Western Knights gave Joondalup a much needed three points and Burgess believes with the new signings gelling together under new Coach Salv Todaro, things are looking bright for the rest of the season. “Salv is the type of coach the team needs right now. He always seems to pick out the positives from the weekend’s games and this motivates the team to put the effort in that it takes to get results. We are starting to work to his style of play, zipping the ball around and it beginning to work nicely for us,” said Burgess.

“We are definitely playing some nice football and things are looking up for us. I think the additions to the squad will get us the results we need to lift the club to where it should be in the league. There is some great talent at ECU and its starting to show on game day.”

The teenager began his football in Scotland, coming through the Glasgow Celtic FC development squad, before moving to Aberdeen and playing in the Scottish Premier Youth League, before heading down under. He played for Sorrento, ECU Academy, The Football West NTC squad and Perth Glory Youth side, which he really enjoyed. “The Glory Youth team was a great experience for me and I learnt a lot under the coaches and experienced players there. I enjoyed every minute of my time there, but my highlight would have to be winning 2-1 against Sydney in a curtain raiser to the A-League game at The Sydney Football Stadium,” said Burgess.