Joondalup youngster heads to the UK

Joondalup youngster heads to the UK

Posted on January 31, 2015 in 'News'

ECU Joondalup youngster Bayley Brown-Montgomery, heads to the UK at the end of February for trials at English Premier League clubs  Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion academies.

The 15-year-old is another player to come through the highly successful ECU Academy and he has impressed everyone including first team coach Dale McCulloch, who has him training with the first team in the pre-season.

The midfielder, whose father Stuart Montgomery is well known in Perth football, knows it will be tough in the UK, but he is up for the challenge. “I’m looking forward to the trip, it’s been a lot of hard work and preparation for the challenge ahead and I hope it all comes together,” the youngster said. “Getting Into a squad would be a massive achievement and it’s something I’ve always wanted to be able to fulfil and would be a dream come true.”

His form last season in the under 15’s NPL side was outstanding, and he was selected and played a number of games in the under 18’s late in the season. When the clubs agent watched him play he told the club it was time for the talented midfielder to head overseas. “A few people had mentioned I was playing well and when the clubs agent heard he watched me and said it was my time to go over and get looked at and especially when my number one critic (My dad) said I was playing well, and the scout is very confident with his decision to take me away,” Brown-Montgomery said.

“When I started playing in the under 18s it was nerve racking especially playing against Sorrento and Dale telling the coaches he wanted me to step up into their team. Coming off the bench at 2-1 down and to score and two assists in my first game felt like I’d done my job and was friendly with all the Lads, it was just a shame that we let It slip in the top four final.”

The coach of the ECU 15’s is former Swindon Town defender Charlie Comyn-Platt, and he believes the future is bright for Bayley. “He had a good year, and we pushed him on from the under 15’s to the 18’s, along with James Bruce, and they were outstanding in the older age group,” Comyn-Platt said. “He has been training with the first team all pre-season and doesn’t look out of place. His attitude towards training is excellent and that goes well with his raw talent. It will be a great experience for him going to England to train with a few clubs, training every day in a professional environment will only benefit him mentally and physically. Everyone at the club is backing him and we wish him all the best.”

The midfielder believes the coaching he has received from the ECU Academy coaches has been first class and he has enjoyed working with Comyn-Platt.  “Charlie is a very good coach and likes to concentrate on developing the players,” he said. “The club like to work on shape and passing it out most of the time, for all teams at the club, and I feel they’ve developed me a lot as a player, and I would like to thank all my other coaches I’ve had at ECU, I’ve learnt so much from all of them.”

Bayley is quick to acknowledge the role his dad has had on his football, and he hopes to show him the time he has put into his football was been worth it. “It was always good watching my dad when I was younger because I was a defender and use to watch how people defended players like him,” he explained. “But since I changed position I’ve really started watching how he holds up the ball and uses his ‘Tekkers’ over his ‘pace’.”

Stuart is nervous about Bayley’s trip, but he believes he has what it takes to succeed at the next level. “It’s a bit of a nerve racking experience for me and for his mum, but I am sure we both will be more nervous than him while he is over there,” he said. “Since an early age he only wanted to be a professional soccer player and to see his improvement and dedication in the last few years (especially last year having such a dominant season in both 15’s and 18’s) has only magnified the belief in myself and his mum that he has a given himself every chance.”

Montgomery senior is still playing with ECU Joondalup first team, and he also went overseas as a youngster, so he knows what Bayley is to expect. “Speaking from first-hand experience, as I went over to Villa as a 16-year-old, so I know how hard it is over there to make it or to be given a chance,” he explained. “So no matter what happens with Bayley over there I know for a fact that spending six weeks training with and against some of the best kids in England will only make him a better player in the long run. “He is under no illusion (and has plenty of family reminding him) that the hard work starts now and there are no shortcuts. I just hope he is given a chance to show how good he actually is and luck is on his side, and plus myself being a Villa supporter i couldn’t be happier he is going there.”