McDonald ready for ECU Challenge

McDonald ready for ECU Challenge

Posted on March 11, 2015 in 'News'

With the PS4 National Premier League-WA season only weeks away, ECU Joondalup Coach Dale McCulloch is building a strong squad. One of the new signing to join the club is midfielder Guy McDonald, who has joined from fellow NPL-WA club Subiaco AFC, and he looking forward to a new challenge.

“I’ve known Dale (McCulloch) and Craig (Stevenson) for a few years and after having a chat with Craig a couple of times towards the end of last season about coming down, and I thought I had nothing to lose by heading down and giving it a shot and I’m enjoying it.”

McDonald (Right being welcomed to the club by ECU President Steve Wheatley) spent three seasons at Sorrento, before five years at Wanneroo City under the tutelage of Gerry McEwen, and then a season at Subiaco, again under the coaching of the Scotsman, so the decision to leave the club was a difficult one, after they surprised many last season. “It was a hard decision to leave Subiaco, because I didn’t want to let Gerry down, as I’ve played under him for a number of years, and I’ve always had a good relationship. But at the end of the day I had to do what was best for myself, and being 27 now I don’t have too many years left playing football,” he explained. “A lot of teams last year underestimated Subiaco last season, and Gerry had us well organised and working hard for each other, and we grabbed a few good results and in all honesty we probably should have had a couple more.”

ECU has picked up good signings this season and McDonald believes they will be very competitive, and with David Annall joining the coaching staff McDonald is looking forward to working with the pair. “Dale has gathered together a really strong squad, with a lot of competition for places, and if we can gel there is no reason why we shouldn’t be aiming for a top four position,” he said. “Both David and Dale really encourage all the players to believe in their own ability and get the ball down and play good football. If they can keep the squad together and everyone happy, then I can’t see why we should be able to take the next step this season.”

The coach is happy to have the experienced midfielder at the club. “Guy has been a great signing for us, his ability on the ball and vision is as good as anyone in our side,” McCulloch said. “He has worked hard on his fitness and his performances of late have been refection of that. He has fit in really well and will be a big part of our up-coming season.” – ECU Joondalup continued their preparation for the season with a pre-season friendly against McDonald’s former club Subiaco AFC at the ECU Arena on Thursday night, with a 6.30pm kick off – the clubrooms will be open and entry is free!