Banks wins NPL-WA Goalkeeper of the Year

Banks wins NPL-WA Goalkeeper of the Year

Posted on October 14, 2014 in 'News'

ECU Joondalup keeper Andy Banks ended the season on a high, taking out the 2014 Football West NPL WA First Team Goalkeeper of the Year at the Gold Medal Night at the Crown Ballroom on Saturday night. (Photo Banks receives his trophy from Football West Director Henry Atturo –  Courtesy of Courtney Holloway Photography)

It was a perfect end to the 38-year-old playing career after announcing his retirement from the game at the end of the season. Banks joined ECU after playing in the UK with Preston North End, Bury FC, Morecambe, Lancaster City, Fleetwood Town and Bamber Bridge FC, but bowed out of the game on a high. “It was a real surprise to win the Goalkeeper of the Year award, and to win in my last season in the NPL-WA is really special, and humbling,” Banks said.

“I’ve managed to stay injury free this season, well on a Saturday I was, but training was a different matter. It’s why I’ve decided to hang up the gloves and concentrate on coaching. “But I’d like to thank everyone at the club for their support over the years, and I’m delighted to have ended my playing days on such a high note.”

It was a great night for the club at the end of season awards with skipper Jon Higgins’ season also being recognised, finishing only three votes behind the eventual Gold Medal winner Clark Keltie, and one behind second placed Ludovic Boi on the night. ECU coach Dale McCulloch was proud of the players and their contributions to the club over a number of years. “It is a great reward for Andy, who has been a real stalwart to the club, and his overall form in 2014 was outstanding and his award was really deserved,” he said.

“Higgy has also been a long time servant of our club, and he had a great season for us. His leadership on the pitch, and guidance of our younger lads in the team was second to none, and to go so close to taking out the Gold Medal was a great achievement.”

McCulloch also added if Higgins had won the car it would have been interesting. “We were talking on the night to the rest of the players and said it’s a good job he didn’t win the car, as it would have gone into the players’ pool for the end of season trip,” he joked.