Booysen returns home for 2016

Booysen returns home for 2016

Posted on December 11, 2015 in 'News'

ECU Joondalup continue to build their squad for the 2016 PS4 National Premier League WA season by signing Josh Booysen from Subiaco AFC.

The 23-year-old started his football at the ECU academy before moving to Wanneroo City for five years, and then had spells at Floreat Athena and Stirling Lions.

The winger was thinking about not playing next season, but after talking to ECU Coach Dale McCulloch and his assistant David Tough he jumped at the chance to return to the club. “I wasn’t thinking about football or even where I was going to play next season,” Booysen explained. “But I bumped into a former Wanneroo teammate, who has moved to ECU, and I got a call from Toughie a couple hours later. We got to talking about an opportunity and I was really impressed with the clubs direction and ambition for next season, so I made the decision.”

McCulloch said he he’s delighted to have signed the attacking minded midfielder. “Josh brings us pace and quality and will add to our strike force,” he said. “We struggled in that area last season and with the signing of Steven McGarry and Josh will give us more going forward, and we have another striker in the pipeline as we press ahead towards the new season.”

The Coach said things are going well on and off the pitch as they look to rebound from last season’s disappointing season. “It is exciting times ahead for the club both on and off the field,” McCulloch said. “We’re in talks with an ex professional player from the UK, who is keen to head over, and some of our younger players have impressed in pre-season, so we’re heading in the right direction.”

Booysen, who played for the WA State Team last season, said the club have ambition and he is looking forward to next season and working with the new ECU Coaching panel of McCulloch, Tough and McGarry. “It is a very exciting coaching panel, and to see what brand of football comes from it. From what I have been told, they are aiming high this season and there is great structure and support throughout the club for them to achieve,” he said. “I have had success playing for Toughie and I’m hoping that there can be a spark there to bring some more success.”

The pacey winger played for new assistant Coach David Tough, when he was in charge of Wanneroo City and Tough said he is looking forward to working with him again. “Josh was with me at Wanneroo in my first season there, and he won the Football West Division One Player of the Year,” Tough said. “He is a good footballer and we’re looking forward to having him at the club, he will strengthen us going forward.”

Booysen had a successful season at Subiaco last season, and he enjoyed his time there, but thought it was time for a change. “The lads at Subiaco are great and I really enjoyed my short spell there, and I wish them all the best next season,” he said. “I truthfully did not think the style of football suited me, with all respect to Gerry McEwan who is a good coach, but I needed a change and the opportunity to head home to ECU is very exciting.”

The club have invested on new players for the upcoming season and Booysen said it’s a new look club and he can’t wait to get started. “They have done very well with their signings and it shows the clubs ambition. You can sign the best players in the state, but still have to get results,” he said. “So I think they have made the right steps for progression and to get results, but at the end of the day the results will speak loudest. I am excited to be involved at the club, and part of a new look ECU.”