Smith ready for ECU challenge

Smith ready for ECU challenge

Posted on April 12, 2013 in 'News'

A switch from the West Midlands in the UK to Perth and ECU Joondalup, for Joe Smith came after a chance meeting last year.

The 22-year-old, who was heading to Perth for a working holiday, met a guy from ECU and after mentioning about the club Smith decided to contact them and the rest is history. “Me and my partner were always coming over to Perth, whether I was playing football or not, but shortly before we came over I met Gary (Bongo) Williams and he mentioned ECU and here I am,” explained Smith.

“We’ve both settled in really well in WA, and luckily we managed to get a rental in 2 weeks of been here and things are going well at the moment. But were still getting used to the weather though, 30 degrees in April, what’s that all about.”

The talented midfielder has been impressive this season to date and he believes the club are heading in the right direction. “Yes it’s not the best start, however I don’t believe there is anything to worry about. I believe a win is just a round the corner and when we get going we can get some rhythm into our game and go on a roll hopefully,” said Smith.

“It’s always hard when new players come to a club like this season as it takes time to settle and adapt to new team philosophies.”

ECU Coach Salv Todaro has been delighted with Smith and hopes he can continue for the rest of the season. “Joe is a hard working player and he is setting in quite well within the team. We have asked him to perform a different role to what he is normally used too and he has adapted extremely well,” said Todaro.

Smith has been happy with the team’s performance but knows there is always room for improvement. “The squad is gelling; this is why I feel a win is round the corner. The attitude at training and in the dressing room is good, there are some great characters there, Shaun Timmins to name one,” Joked Smith.

“Salv Todaro is a good man, and you can see the way he wants us to play and works very hard on the training ground to get this across.

Smith’s football has mostly been played in the Midland Football Alliance. He played for Coleshill Town throughout his younger years and then moved to Boldmere St Michaels FC. He joined the Mikes at the start of last season and enjoyed a superb first season. Scoring goals throughout the year whether employed in midfield or as a striker and swept the board at the club’s end of season presentation.

The midfielder enjoyed his time there and didn’t know what to expect when heading down under. “Boldmere is a great club, very good setup and capable of achieving big things next season, I wish all the lads and everyone at Boldmere all the best,” said Smith.

“When I got to ECU training for the first time I was unsure what to expect, but I soon got into it and after a my first game I found it a very good standard of football and every game is a challenge, and if you’re not on your game you will get beat.”