ECU miss out on O’Neill’s services

ECU miss out on O’Neill’s services

Posted on March 13, 2015 in 'News'

ECU Joondalup’s hopes of signing former Perth Glory midfielder Brandon O’Neill have been quashed, and the talented midfielder looks set to sign a contract with a new A-League club, meaning he couldn’t take up the clubs short term contract to play in the PS4 National Premier League WA this season.

The 20-year-old, who left the Glory by mutual constant last week, will be heading to his new Eastern States club soon, and Coach Dale McCulloch wished him all the best. “It would have been nice to have Brandon around the playing group, but we’re delighted he has found a new home in the A-League,” McCulloch said. “For us now it’s business as usual, as we prepare for the new season,”

O’Neill was looking forward in getting back on the park for the club that nurtured him as a junior, and was a guest player when they beat Subiaco AFC in pre-season friendly at the ECU Arena on Thursday evening.  “It would have been nice to play in the league for the club, and there’s no other club in the state league that I would play for,” he said. “They have always been my home and my team in WA, and it’s would have been privilege to come back and have a short stint to play for Dale and the boys, but it wasn’t to be”

O’Neill was left disappointed things didn’t work out with Perth Glory, but he hasn’t a bad word to say about the A-League outfit. “That’s football. There are no grudges or negative thoughts towards them, unfortunately things didn’t work out, but that’s life,” he said. “It would have been nice to leave with the National Youth League title, but again it wasn’t to be, so I wish Kenny (Lowe) and the teams all the best of luck for the rest if the season.”

The midfielder has also been coaching at the clubs academy and he has really enjoying giving something back. “I’ve been coaching the under 14’s and 15’s as an assistant under Willie Herd and I’m absolutely loving it,” O’Neill explained. “There are some very talented kids in both age group and I love guiding and helping them to try better themselves in every way. Under Willie here this season the kids will have the best coaching and there’s no doubt both teams will do well, but for me I’m enjoying giving back to the club and helping out as much as I can.”

There is another O’Neill synonymous with ECU Joondalup Soccer Club, and that’s Brandon’s father Myles. He has been there for 11 years and Brandon believes without his dad his football wouldn’t be where it is today. “He’s not called Mr ECU for no reason, he’s an absolute champion I don’t think people realise how much effort and work he puts into the club, he’s always the first one there and the last one to leave, anything you need up at the club, you ask Myles because he knows what to do,” O’Neill commented. “I couldn’t be prouder of my dad for what he’s done for my football. With his guidance and support, through the good and bad times, he’s always kept me level headed and focused. I couldn’t speak highly of my dad, as most people do when I hear them talk down at the club, and hopefully now on my next journey in my career he can still be there for guidance and a good laugh.”

From everyone at ECU Joondalup good luck to Brandon in the next chapter of your football career.