Caine enjoying life at ECU

Caine enjoying life at ECU

Posted on August 10, 2013 in 'News'

The move of Scottish midfielder David Caine from Western Knights to ECU was a surprise to many, but the 24-year-old has no regrets and is enjoying life at The Arena.

He was influential in last week’s 2-2 draw with Bayswater City, his two crosses setting up both goals.  “Bayswater have certainly got a number of good players, but if you give any team time and space they will destroy you, and that’s what happened in the first half,” explained Caine.

“So we knew to get close, and as people have seen, that is a side of the game that a lot of players haven’t got, but at Joondalup we a squad of battlers, and no matter what level you play at every team needs battlers, and we got in their faces and got back into the game, and I thought we deserved the point in the end.”

The decision to leave Nash Field was a difficult one, but he enjoyed his time there and wished them all the best. “Yes it was a big decision to leave and I would like to thank the club for my time there, and there are too many people to thank, but those people know who they are,” said Caine.

“It is a great club and a great bunch of players, and I made a lot of friends there. I was really played out of position, they played me wide but my favoured position is central midfielder, but you can only play where you’re told to play.

“We had a slow start to the season but that was due to the team mostly being new players, but as people have seen the team got a lot stronger as weeks went on hopefully the club can still push on and win the league and I wish them all the best.”

But things came to head before the round 10 game at home to Ashfield, and Caine knew it was time to move on. “I thought I had been playing well, but before the game the coach told me he was using me as an impact player off the bench. I did think I changed the game when I came on and we won, but after doing well and coming up to the biggest game of the season for the club against Dianella, I was dropped again. In my opinion I believe I’m too experienced at the age of 24, to be used as an impact player. So on the Friday I spoke to club officials and told them I would like to move on, and the rest is history,” said Caine.

Caine made his senior debut with Scottish side Alloa Athletic in the second division as a 17-year-old, and played for a season at the Wasps, before moving to Stenhousemuir FC. He only played a few times their and was then loaned out to Bo’ness United in the Scottish junior football league, and from there he moved onto Bonnyrigg Rose and while playing for Rose he moved to Perth.

ECU entertains the NTC on Saturday and Caine is looking to give Coach Dale McCulloch his first twin as senior coach at the club. “Hopefully against the NTC, our experience will get us through,” said Caine.

“But I’ve watched them and they play good football and are super fit. It would be great to get Dale his first win, and he has been very good with me so far, very professional and has shown he has good tactical knowledge in how to change a game. We have a number of good players, and have players coming back from injury and holiday’s, so hopefully in the next few weeks we can go out and show teams we are no push overs.”