Charlie Comyn-Platt heads home.

Charlie Comyn-Platt heads home.

Posted on September 11, 2015 in 'News'

Likeable ECU Joondalup defender Charlie Comyn-Platt is heading back to the UK, after five outstanding years at the club.

The former Bolton Wanderers and Swindon Town defender was originally brought over by then coach Steve Amphlett, after leaving Division Three English side Rochdale FC.

The 29-year old, who spent two seasons at Bolton under the tutelage of Sam Allardyce, before two seasons at Swindon and year at Rochdale, was ready for a new challenge and jumped at the chance to head down under, and he has really enjoyed his time.

“I’ve enjoyed every minute of my time at the club, apart from Paddy’s (Ryan Lowry) odour,” he joked.

“The club were really welcoming when I first got here and we’ve got on famously since, and I’ve made some good friends for life.”

The experience of the defender has been invaluable to the young players coming through the successful ECU academy, and CP has enjoyed passing on his football skills to the youngsters. “The academy at the club is outstanding and Andy Petterson and the coaches and club committee do a wonderful job,” he said.

“It’s been a pleasure to guide some of the young players through games, and I hope they have learnt a little from me during my time here.”

CP has also helped the academy side as a coach over the time at the club, and has enjoyed every minute of it. “I’ve had a good career in the game and when the club asked me to coach an academy side, the chance to put something back into the game at the club that have looked after me so well, I jumped at the chance,” he explained.

“The lads we have coming through, listen and are really focused on improving their game, which bodes well for the club in the future, and we hope some of them make the move to the UK, like many others have.”

Amphlett said the big defender was an outstanding clubman. “CP was probably my best signing when I was head coach, and I thought he was good enough to play for Perth Glory,” he said.

“He was a left footed player and he fitted their requirements perfectly, but despite playing a couple of friendly games it was not to be.

“CP fitted into our club perfectly and soon got involved in the academy as a coach, and his professional outlook sparked a few others players into being more professional on and off the pitch.

“I can’t speak highly enough of him. He lived with us for a few months while he got used to the area and was a perfect house guest, he will be missed but is always welcome back at ECU.”

The 2015 season was a huge struggle for the club, but two wins from the last three games moved them away from the foot of the table, although the big defender missed the last game after being sent off against Balcatta. “It was really disappointing to get sent off in my final home game, but that’s football,” he said.

“I got some stick from the lads – although I thought I got the ball – but the group stuck together through thick and thin and it was a really tough season, but to finish it with three wins out of the last five games was a great achievement.”

When asked about his favourite moment while at the club, he was quick to answer. “Winning the ‘Player of the Year’ on two occasions was special, and something that I will always remember,” he said.

“Injuries took their toll over the past two seasons but that’s part of football, but I wouldn’t change a thing, both on and off the park at the club.”

So what’s next for CP? “I’ll head home next week and catch up with family and get a job I suppose,” he said.

“It’s been a pleasure to play for the club, and I hope to return one day, as a number of players owe me a beer.

“Finally I’d like to thank Syd and Di for putting me up when I first arrived in Perth, your hospitality was greatly appreciated.”

From everyone at the ECU Joondalup Soccer Club, we wish CP all the best in his future endeavours, and we thank him for the memories.