Selyer set to help Joondalup to finals football

Selyer set to help Joondalup to finals football

Posted on March 22, 2013 in 'News'

ECU Joondalup will be looking for a big improvement in 2013, after just avoiding relegation last season, and New Zealand-born striker Tanner Selyer will have a huge say in that.

The 20-year-old was on target last week in the 2-0 win at Bunbury and he hopes to help the club to play finals football this season. “I was happy to start the season with a goal, and most important we won our opening game which is really important,” said Selyer.

“We scored a couple of goals early and should have added some more, but the three points made the long trip well worth it.”

The striker landed on the door step of the Joondalup club, and then Coach, Syd Amphlett, didn’t know what to expect. “We turned up for training two years ago and this lad said can I join your club,” explained Amphlett.

“We sent him off with the reserves and Arthur Strachan came up to me at the end of training and said get him in the first team squad. He’s not looked back, and has settled in really well with the rest of the lads.”

Selyer played for Waitakere cityin New Zealand, but headed to Australia in 2010, and headed for Brisbane. But after a short stay in the Queensland capital he headed to Perth. “I just wanted to play football and the closest club to my home in WA was Joondalup. I turned up looking for a game and the rest is history,” explained Selyer.

They have really made me welcome and I hope to re-pay their faith in me and help them to the finals this season.”

Joondalup have been tipped to struggle by many this season, but Coach Salv Todaro has prepared the club well and Selyer has been impressed with the way the Coach has gone about his business. “We’ve a number of new faces so it was great to get down to Bunbury as a team and focus on Saturday’s game together,” said Selyer.

“Salv organised us to all go down as a team on Friday afternoon and it paid off. He’s really well prepared for every game we play and if we go out and play to the best of our ability, we shouldn’t fear anyone this season.”

This week Joondalup host Stirling Lions in round two of the Premier League. The Lions won 4-2 at the venue last season and Selyer hopes to change that on Saturday. “It’s an interesting game on Saturday. They have some quality players, with the likes of former A-League players Dean Evans, Scott Bulloch and Aleks Vrteski in their squad, and they won last week,” said Selyer.

“We were beaten last time we played here, but the lads have told me they have a good record against them over the years, so we hope to continue that on Saturday, and hopefully I can score a couple.”

Todaro has been delighted with the improvement of the striker and hopes he can continue to find the back of the net. “Tanner is settling in well at the club, and is an integral part of what we are trying to achieve and he is learning and improving all the time,” said Todaro.

“He’s a quite lad off the field, but he lets his football do the talking. I’m looking forward to seeing him pit his skills against the Premier League defenders, he’s strong and quick with a good eye for goal and I’m sure he will cause a few sleepless nights for some of them.”