ECU Youngster moves to Charlton Athletic

ECU Youngster moves to Charlton Athletic

Posted on June 13, 2015 in 'News'

ECU Joondalup teenage keeper Ashley Maynard-Brewer plays his last game for the club today, before heading to the UK, after signing for English Championship club Charlton Athletic.

The 15-year-old has been in good form for the ECU under 20’s and has been on the bench for the first team all season, and he is really looking forward to the new challenge at Charlton. “I think it’ll be a challenge firstly considering how hard it is to make it over there, however I have been given a great opportunity in the two years that I’ve been given and hopefully I can keep pushing so that I can progress through their ranks and hopefully in a few years’ time be pushing first team,” Maynard-Brewer said.

“I was at Fulham, Everton, QPR, and Aston Villa on trial last season, before the ECU goalkeeper coach at the time Andy Petterson, who played at Charlton for five years got into contact with them, and got me a week-long trial. “I had a good trial which led to me coming back. The experience was different as the country itself is entirely different and the football there is taken so much more seriously which leads to the training there being top class, with some of the best coaches in the game.”

The custodian have been sparkling form for the under 20’s this season and he leaves with them third on the table, and he said it would be nice to push on and win the league. “It would be great to see us win the league but the top teams in the 20s league are all within a point or two of each other,” he said. “So it could go anyway but the coaches there Mark Windeatt and Danny Stevens have done a great job so I wouldn’t be surprised if we end up having a good season.”

The teenager, who turns 16 at the end of June, said the biggest influence on his keeping is ECU Technical Director of Football Andy Petterson. “Andy has been brilliant for me, and I’ve learnt a great deal from him. He has been coaching me around twice a week since I was about 12 and has helped me out over in the UK with getting me over to Charlton which will benefit me so much in the future.”

He started plying his trade at Subiaco at under 9’s and played there for 3 years until he moved to ECU for the start of under 13’s. He has played there for the past two years, and has progressed to the under 20’s.  He was quick to thanks his parents for all their encouragement and taxi service. “Mum and dad have really helped out over the years especially with trips up and down to Joondalup, and trips on weekends to places as far away as Bunbury,” he explained. “They’ve helped out a lot and hopefully they are proud of me when I leave next Friday for the next two years in the UK.”

ECU first team manager Craig Stephenson said the keeper has been outstanding this season. “At the age 16 Ash has shown the maturity and development to make us think that he will have a very long and successful career,” he said. “Ash is well liked and well respected member of both the first team and the club. He has developed throughout the ECU junior ranks and looks to be another success story for the ECU junior academy.”

From everyone at the club – Good luck Ashley in your future endeavours in the UK.