Injury setback for ECU midfielder

Injury setback for ECU midfielder

Posted on February 26, 2015 in 'News'

It has been a frustrating start to the 2015 season for ECU Joondalup midfielder Jon Stynes, having to sit out with a knee injury.

The 21-year-old headed back to Perth last season, after a stint with Kilmarnock and Cambridge in the UK, but he is looking forward to getting back on the pitch sooner rather than later. “I have inflammation of tendons in my knee, so I have had to take a break from the game for few months, which is really frustrating,” he said.  “I’ve missed most of the pre-season and all of the Night Series, but slowly I’m slowly getting there. The injury has put me on the back foot, but once I’ve recovered I hope to be back scoring goals for the club, and helping the team finish as high up the table as possible.”

It was a great start to the 2014 season for the Northern suburbs club, but after a disappointing Cup Semi-Final loss the season slipped away. “We were up there towards the top of the table throughout the start of the season, but we fell away towards the end,” he explained. “The Semi-Final loss was hard to take, because we were looking forward to taking on one of the A-League teams, but that loss has only motivated us to go further in the competition next time.”

The clubs only top flight title came in 1999, and Stynes believes the league has improved and the squad they have, they can challenge for a top four spot. “Our target this season is to be more consistent, so we can challenge for that top four which is definitely achievable with the squad we have,” he said. “There have been some good additions to the squad, which has added good depth, and created competition for places, which we were maybe lacking last season. After coming back from the UK I’ve seen the league grow so much, and I’m enjoying playing my football back in the NPL.”

Dale McCulloch has added David Annall to the coaching staff this season and Stynes believes it has been a great move. “David has been great so far, he really encourages players to express themselves on the park, and he works well of Dale, and they have the same football ideas, which can only help the club,” he explained. “This has definitely benefitted the younger players we have in our squad, when they step up to the first team, which we have seen in the Night Series with Bayley Brown-Montgomery, Roland Rixer, Harry Bissett and Oliver Annis all playing well.”