ECU ready for 2015

ECU ready for 2015

Posted on October 10, 2014 in 'News'

ECU Joondalup will go into next season with a great deal of optimism and first team Coach Dale McCulloch has finalised his coaching line up for 2015.

He will again be assisted by Craig Stephenson as his team manager, but Mark Windeatt and Danny Stevens have been rewarded for their efforts over the last two years with the under 18’s by taking the under 23’s coaches role.

“Mark and Danny did a superb job with our youngsters last season, and their expertise and enthusiasm will help in the under 20’s,” said McCulloch. “Mark and Danny will step up and help me identify the young talent we have available, and their input will be great.”

Ex first team coach Steve (Syd) Amphlett has returned to the senior set up by accepting the newly formed U16/U18 Development squad. He will head a group of coaches looking to develop the younger age groups, alongside the likes of experienced coach Willie Herd who takes the U14 and U15 NPL teams

Amphlett is delighted to accept the role and expressed his desire to continue the good work done by his predecessors. “The club wants to take a slightly different direction and we plan to reduce the average age in the U18 team as we believe this is the age group that will be identified for overseas trials,” he said.

“We are now aware of a serious flood of players joining the Perth Glory/NTC set up, but we want ECU to concentrate on what they are good at, which is developing the younger players who want to go overseas or push for a spot in the NPL first team.”

“If past history is to go by, ECU will continue to find and develop these players and recent additions the Professional ranks include Jordan Lydon at Aston Villa and Cameron Burgess at Fulham FC

McCulloch has also introduced his own footballing philosophy into the club culture and the signs were there last season when seven ex-Academy players made their first team debut, and he said the experienced players at the club are vital for the development of his players on match days. “The likes of ex professional Footballers like Charlie Comyn –Platt, Carl Rodgers, Tommy Amphlett and John Higgins, will only help the younger players coming through,” he said.

“Our club is all about development and I want all the coaches to express my own feelings, and continue to demand the development of our own players, which will only benefit the club in the future.”

Trials for the ECU academy teams have already begun with the under 9’s, below are the other age group details:

U10 ACADEMY – TUES 14/10 (5pm) THURS 16/10 (5pm)
U11 ACADEMY – TUES 14/10 (5pm) THURS 16/10 (5pm)
U12 NPL – SAT 18/10 (9am) THURS 23/10(5pm)
U13 NPL – SAT 18/10 (9am) THURS 23/10 (5pm)
U14 – SAT 18/10 (10:30am) TUES 21/10 (5pm)
U15 – SAT 18/10 (10:30am) TUES 21/10 (5pm)
Trials for U16/U18 Development squad has also been announced
U16/U18-THURSDAY 23/10 (6.30pm) THURSDAY 30/10 (6.30pm)