Durr gets a pass mark at ECU

Durr gets a pass mark at ECU

Posted on July 11, 2014 in 'News'

ECU Joondalup teenage midfielder Henry Durr’s rapid rise to first team football has not surprised many at the club. (Photo by Vince Caratozzolo)

The 19-year-old has come through the academy, making his debut for the first team as a substitute against Stirling Lions in the Cup semi-final, and has fitted in well and is enjoying his football at the moment. “Things are great for me at present, I’m really enjoying my football, and I’m looking forward to a successful run in to the end the season,” Durr said.

“When I first came in I found it a lot quicker and more physical to what I was experiencing in the reserves, but I’ve had time to settle into first team football now and hopefully we can keep on putting in good performances.”

The ECU academy has bared fruit in recent seasons with a number of players making the next step overseas or A-League, and Durr has grown as a player under the tutelage of Academy head coaches Syd Amphlett and Andy Petterson. “It shows the strength of the academy they have at ECU, and how well they develop their players from a young age,” he said. “I’ve played with a couple of lads at ECU, who have moved on to play overseas and it’s good to see them doing well.”

The first team at the moment has a good mix of youth and experience and Durr has learnt a great deal from the likes of former Swindon Town defender Charlie Comyn-Plaa, former Burney defender Ryan Townsend and former Perth Glory midfielder Tommy Amphlett. “It has helped me a great deal to have these players around, especially before games they make sure everyone is up for the challenge,” Durr explained.

“During games they make sure you stay switched on and stick to your jobs throughout the match. Playing with the experience within ECU has really helped me settle into playing with the first team.”

Durr, who was born in the UK and played for the Cheshire Schools FA, before joining the Macclesfield Town academy, and also had a trials at the Manchester City Academy, has enjoyed working with ECU senior Coach Dale McCulloch and thanked him for giving him and opportunity. “He’s been great with me since I joined the first team,” he said.

“Dale has helped me develop my game further and has made it clear what he wants and expects from me each week. As Dale was also midfielder it’s good to get advice from him to help me along the way.

McCulloch is not surprised the youngster has fitted in so well to the first team environment. “Henry impressed us in the under 20’s, and we asked him to train with us and the rest is history,” he said.

“He’s great to work with, because he wants to learn his trade in the game and he listens. He is still learning to cope with the physical side of the NPL, but his attitude is first class and he will be a huge asset for us in the future.”

Durr went toe-to-toe with former A-League players Todd Howarth and Jamie Coyne last week, in the 1-0 defeat against Bayswater City, a game the midfielder thought they deserved something from. “I thought that we were unlucky not to come away with at least a point,” he said.

“We were under pressure at the start of the game, but I think we created enough and defended well throughout the match so it was disappointing not to get a point which we deserved.”

This week ECU travel to Grindleford Reserve to take on second placed Balcatta, and Durr is looking forward to the game and believes they can come home with the points. “It should be a good game, if we stick to what Dale has planned during training this week and stick to our roles throughout the team, I’m confident that we can take all three points,” he said.

ECU Joondalup take on Balcatta at Grindleford Resere – Saturday 12th July – 3pm kick off