Serra ready for ECU Challenge

Serra ready for ECU Challenge

Posted on September 20, 2014 in 'News'

ECU Joondalup keeper Jamie Serra keeper has bided his time since joining the club mid-way through last season. The form of Andy Banks has made the keeper sit and wait for a spot in the first team, but after the retirement of Banks, he is looking forward to the challenge of being the clubs number one custodian.

“Banksy was in great form this season, that’s undoubtable, and again moving to the club midway through the season, I would never expect to take top job straight away,” Serra explained. “Everyone’s has got to earn their way of recognition and I believe putting in my best effort week in and week out with the reserves is the best way to get there.”

The 22-year-old joined the club from Division One side Wanneroo City in May and fitted in straight away. “I’ve really enjoyed my first season with ECU, you usually don’t know what to expect moving to a new club near the midpoint of the season but right from the start, the players, coaches and everyone involved at the club were very welcoming which definitely made the transition easier,” he said. “Playing with the reserves for the remainder of the season provided a great insight into the structure of the club and I thought our overall performance for the season was great.”

The form of Serra in the reserves this season hasn’t gone unnoticed and Dale McCulloch has said he was really unlucky not to get a game this season, but he is looking forward to the challenge of his first full season in NPL next season. “Obviously they are massive shoes to fill, with Banksy producing a great season to retire with,” he said. “Only time will tell with the new season, but I believe I am definitely up for the challenge. I just need to make sure I maintain throughout the off-season and really focus come the start of the pre-season.”

For the last five years Serra has been playing at Whitfords City Football Club, in the MySolar Sunday Premier Division, and he was rewarded for his great form winning the league’s best keeper award. “What really kept the motivation high was through achieving “Goalkeeper of the Year” for the League in 2011 and then again in 2013, and to be selected in the WA State Amateur Squad last year was a great honour for me,” said Serra.

The club is in good hands with goalkeeper coaches, and Serra is looking forward to working with former Charlton Athletic keeper Andy Petterson and now Andy Banks. “I think its unquestionable the great work Andy does with the keepers, he’s much respected at the club and puts in a great effort to work with everyone,” he said. “I have done some work alongside Banksy throughout training and no doubt I will be able to learn a lot from him coming season. It’s going to be the combination of both Andy and Banksy that are going to improve my goalkeeping, and one I’m looking forward too.”