Quinncroft ready for local Derby

Quinncroft ready for local Derby

Posted on July 6, 2012 in 'News'

Former Perth Glory Youth striker Billy Quinncroft heads back to one of his former clubs this weekend when ECU Joondalup travel to Percy Doyle Reserve to take on Sorrento in the Northern suburbs derby.

The 20-year-old left The Gulls at the start of the season to join Joondalup and despite the club struggling at the wrong end of the table the English-born Quinncroft is enjoying his football. “Things are going good personally for me and I’m enjoying my football,” said Quinncroft.

“We have a good bunch of lads here who all want the best for the club. We’re not in a good position in the league at the moment but we know as a team we have to step up and get ourselves off the bottom. I was at Sorrento at the start of the pre-season and felt I wasn’t performing at my best and decided I needed a change.”

A stunning win for the club last week when a last minute penalty from David Foster won the game against league leaders Bayswater City and Quinncroft believes they have to build on that win. “It was a great win for us, and as a club because it just shows you how much can change in a week. We we’re beaten 9-1 at Floreat Athena last week and to then beat the league leaders the next. Great credit to the boys who fought till the end scoring the winning goal in the last 5 minutes of the game with only 10 men,” explained Quinncroft.

“Salv Todaro is a good coach who brings a different style of football to the club. Normally we are known for the ‘long ball’ game but Salv has introduced us to the ‘passing game’ which has us playing better football regardless of the last few results.”

He arrived from England in 2005, and began playing for Joondalup, before moving to Sorrento in 2009, and he stayed for a couple of years. During this time the opportunity arose for him to sign with the Perth Glory Youth. “My time at Glory youth was good because it gave me a chance to train and play at a higher level. I was able to work with very experienced coaches Gareth Naven and Andy Ord who taught me a lot about the game, off and on the field. I was also able to play with players that have moved on to the first team or overseas,” said Quinncroft.

During his travels with the youth team he was fortunate enough to have been noticed by an Indonesian agent, who sealed him a deal with Indonesian side Bogor Raya FC along with former Perth Glory midfielder Andrija Jukic. “I have been very lucky to experience football at a professional level. My time in Indonesia was a great experience, getting to play in front of massive crowds, and also trying to learn a new language. It gave me a chance to play a different culture of football, living in a different country was a big adjustment but a great experience, I would definitely go back if the chance arose again,” explained Quinncroft.

On Saturday he returns to ‘Windy Hill’ to take on his former team mates and he’s looking forward to it. “Saturday is going to be a massive game, as local derbies always are. We need to work together as we did against Bayswater to get the result we want. It would be nice to have a win over our local rivals, so we need to prepare ourselves for the big game ahead,” said Quinncroft.