Rodgers looking to leave on a high

Rodgers looking to leave on a high

Posted on April 17, 2015 in 'News'

ECU Joondalup defender Carl Rodgers, will be putting everything into lifting the side up the table in the next six games for the club, as the English defender’s visa runs out.

The former Chester City, Telford and Altrincham defender has been in good form at the back and said they should have opened their account for the season last week against Balcatta, but despite dominating for most of the game they had to settle for a point. “Yes it was disappointing. After the way the seasons started and how our performances have been, we felt like it was a big improvement, especially in the first half,” Rodgers said. “We showed good character though, to come back and rescue a point after going 2-1 down and I think as a team we looked much better and deserved at least that. Midfield were quality on Saturday and Tommy took his goals well which will be good for his confidence too because he’s been a little unlucky recently.”

It’s been a difficult start to the season for the club, taking on the top three sides from last season, but Rodgers believes the squad is gelling together nicely. “We’ve got a good group of lads and there’s a lot of quality in the side which means there’s plenty of strong competition in all positions,” he said. “We’ve added to a side which was already good so we’ve got a bigger, stronger squad than last year and it’s keeping everybody on their toes and fighting for their place. “I’m enjoying my football at the moment personally and I’m just working hard to try and help turn around the results and performances we’ve had so far this season. I think the new players that have come in have slotted into the side well and I think there’s still more to come from ECU.”

The 32-year-old has enjoyed his time in Perth and at ECU, but unfortunately his visa runs out at the end of May and he’s heading back home. “My visa is due to run out at the end of May so unfortunately I’ve only got about another 6 weeks here in Perth and then I’m off,” he explained. “I’ve enjoyed it both in Perth and at ECU. The club’s really well run and the players are well looked after, from the junior teams up to the first team. It will be sad to leave but hopefully I can help get us a good start and the team can push on from there, have a successful season and improve on last year as that’s always been the aim.”

This week it’s the Rivalry Round and a local derby against Sorrento at Percy Doyle Reserve tonight. Rodgers said the lads are looking forward to the game and kick starting their season. “We are all looking forward to tonight’s game. We know all about them after playing against them pre-season, in the night series,” he said. “It’ll be another tough game for us but the lads looked good in training this week and the performance in the Balcatta game has definitely given us a lift. There are no new injury worries and I think the gaffer should have a full squad to pick from on Friday night, unless Higgy is off somewhere for ANOTHER wedding.”