Stynes gives ECU a lift

Stynes gives ECU a lift

Posted on May 3, 2013 in 'News'

ECU Joondalup horrendous injury list as put them on the back foot this season, but the signing of young midfielder Jon Stynes has bought some much needed stability to the side. The 20-year-old has returned to the club after spending two and half years playing in the UK with, Kilmarnock and Southern Premier League side Cambridge City, and he’s settled back in to the WA lifestyle. “It’s nice to be back in the WA weather, Scotland isn’t one of the warmest places in the world,” Joked Stynes.

“I’m enjoying my time back at ECU, and I’ve played two and won two so I can’t complain.”

Stynes headed to Scotland as 16-year-old, and joined Celtic on trial, but things didn’t work out. “That’s football I suppose but after things didn’t work out at Celtic Park I was given an opportunity to join Kilmarnock,” explained Stynes.

“I made the decision to move over on my own to join Killie and spent one year at Rugby Park and really enjoyed my time there and played against some of the best Scottish teams.

“In 2011/12 I joined Cambridge City in the Conference and got the taste of the FA Cup with City against the MK Dons. We draw at home 0-0, but lost the replay, but it was an amazing experience.”

Since the defender has been away the A-League has grown, and after tasting the professional side of football he would like to continue it in the future. “I’m not sure if I will be heading back to Europe in the future, but you never know,” said Stynes.

“The A-League has really taken off since I’ve been away and I’ve always wanted to play in the league since I was a youngster and if the opportunity came up I would jump at the chance, but at the moment all I’m concentrating on is my form at ECU.”

Joondalup skipper Dale McCulloch has been delighted the way Stynes has gone about his business. “Stynsey is a top lad and player, and his work rate is second to none,” said McCulloch.

“He doesn’t just cover a lot of ground he also very comfortable on the ball, and has a great knack of making late runs into the box and is very good in the air. Just having another young lad running about at training gives the whole squad a boost.”

Joondalup have brought through a number of talented juniors into their side this season and Stynes have been happy the way they are playing under new coach Salv Todaro and his assistant Syd Amphlett. “We have a new squad this season but it’s great to see the club promoting the young players into their side, and some I’ve played alongside as a junior,” said Stynes. “Salv has been great, bringing a new squad together is always hard, but he has seemed to have done the job, while Syd has been at the club a while so I know what standards he expects of us

This week Joondalup entertains Balcatta at the Edith Cowen University Complex and the defender is expecting a tough game. “Balcatta were always a tough side to play against, and I’m sure they still will be. We’ve just got to focus on our own game and we should come away with all three points,” said Stynes.