Former ECU defender signs for Wellington Phoenix

Former ECU defender signs for Wellington Phoenix

Posted on March 8, 2014 in 'News'

Wellington Phoenix have signed former ECU Joondalup defender Shane Timmins, as an injury replacement. (Courtesy of Footballwa.net)

The English-born defender will play the remainder of the A-League season after impressing the club playing for Team Wellington in the ASB Premiership.

The defender, who played locally for Sorrento and ECU, has been training with Wellington for some time and was offered a spot in the squad after Reece Caira suffered a fractured cheek bone. “You don’t want to wish harm on anyone, but sometime you just need a bit of luck to make the breakthrough and this might be mine,” 22-year old Timmins said. “When you have tasted professional football you miss it and it would be a dream for me to get back into it.”

Timmins comes with a sound footballing pedigree having come through the junior ranks of English club Coventry City before signing a one-year professional contract with Birmingham City. “I loved my time at Birmingham but it didn’t help that they got promoted to the Premiership, and rather than keep some of the young pros they could afford to buy experienced players,” commented Timmins, a Republic of Ireland youth international. “I had a trial at Sheffield United but wasn’t really enjoying my football so decided to do something different and headed to Perth.”

He moved to Western Australia in 2001, playing two seasons at Sorrento before switching to neighbouring Joondalup last year. “The climate was great and I loved the city but the standard of football wasn’t that good so I moved on to Melbourne for a challenge,” said Timmins, who headed to Victoria midway through 2013. “At Green Gully, (coach) Roddy Vargas said he thought I was good enough to play A-League and gave Ernie a call.” Merrick was suitably impressed that he arranged for Timmins to play for New Zealand national league side Team Wellington while still training with Phoenix.