Skipper leads from the front

Skipper leads from the front

Posted on March 30, 2012 in 'News'

It’s been a tumultuous season at ECU Joondalup, with Coach Paul Simmons leaving prior to the new season, but skipper Dale McCulloch has lead from the front to pull the side together. The 30 year old hopes the club can put this behind them and have a successful season. “What’s happened already this season isn’t ideal but as players it’s our job to try and keep improving as individuals and as a team,” explained McCulloch.

“Last week at Inglewood we were all put under a lot of pressure by a well drilled team, and we nearly came away with a point which is pleasing.”

The club lost a number of players from last season’s squad, but McCulloch has been happy with the players the club have brought in. “Yes, we did lose a few players, but on the other hand we also gained a few, and I’m sure in the coming weeks things will start to gel,” said McCulloch.

“David Foster is a great signing for us, for years I’ve wanted to play alongside him; he’s a very good goal scorer, which we need. He’s leading the line by himself, which is a hard job, but he makes everything look easy.”

McCulloch wore the Captains arm band last week at Inglewood, and was inspirational to the younger player at the club, but he says it’s only temporary. “I’m only captain until the club find a new coach, then things could change. But if I’m playing I will always try to help the boys around me, we all need help sometimes and I try to be positive as much as possible,” said McCulloch.

This week ECU host Floreat Athena at the Edith Cowen University Complex and McCulloch is expecting another tough game. “Floreat will be a tough game, but at home we try and take pride in not being beaten there. Every Saturday is a huge game and there is one guarantee, ECU will be right up for it,” said McCulloch.