Former Blackpool youngster joins ECU

Former Blackpool youngster joins ECU

Posted on February 13, 2015 in 'News'

ECU Joondalup have signed Conor Ready from English Championship side Blackpool FC for the 2015 NPL-WA season.

The 19-year-old headed down under and when ECU came in for him he jumped at the chance to play in the highest league in the state. “I’ve settled into Perth really well, and it helps to have family here,” Ready said. “I had a good mate, Connor Thurston, at Bloomfield Road, who is from WA and he asked me if I would like to come over and play in the First Division with Western Knights.  “I enjoyed it at Nash Field but when ECU contacted me about joining them in the NPL-WA I jumped at the chance to play in the top league in WA, and I’m really enjoying it.”

The midfielder spent four seasons at the Seasider’s and the decision to leave the club was tough, but to play overseas in a new environment is something he wanted to do. “I had a great time at Blackpool and made a lot of friends and have some great memories that will live with me forever,” Ready explained. “I found it hard to leave all my family and mates, but they talked me into coming, and after a few sleepless nights weighing it all up, I decided to make the move, it was an opportunity I couldn’t say no too.”

The talented youngster played at Chester City, Everton and Manchester City as a youngster, but it was at Blackpool where his football blossomed. “The club took me under their wing and coaches John Hills and Alan Wright really brought my football on. My family was the driving force in the junior days and they really encouraged me which I’m really grateful,” Ready said. “The club was fantastic and the highlight there was scoring at The Den against Millwall and scoring two goals against Liverpool which was covered on TV, one which was nominated for ‘Goal of the Week’.”

He has settled into life and football in Perth, and the hot weather hasn’t bothered him, yet. “I like the hot weather, yes it’s tough but it’s a nice change from training and playing in high winds, rain and frosty mornings,” said Ready, who has also fitted in well at ECU “Dale (McCulloch) is a good coach, and I get the vibe as soon as I met him. He has brought in a number of good players, and we’re all looking forward to a successful season.”

McCulloch is looking forward to working with the midfielder. “Conor has trained very well and will keep getting better with more game time,” he said. “He’s very comfortable on the ball and is a good link from our defenders to our attacking players and is also an option as a number 10. So I’m looking forward to what he can bring to our side.”

Ready made his debut for the club in the 2-0 defeat against Cockburn City last week, and said he’s looking forward to get more game time in his legs. “The standard over here is a bit different, and a little bit slower, but that’s understandable with the hot weather here,” he said. “I enjoyed last week’s game, and it was the clubs first competitive game of the season, and we had a young side out. So I thought we played well as a team, and we were just unlucky not to put away our early chances, and if we had converted one of them the result might have been different.”