Tucker returns home

Tucker returns home

Posted on March 13, 2015 in 'News'

ECU Joondalup academy product Josh Tucker has returned to the club after two season with Perth Glory Youth in the NPL-WA.

The 18-year-old, who was courted by Bayswater City after leaving the Glory, made the decision to head back to his former club. (Photo – left in action for Glory Youth v Melbourne Victory) “I had made up my mind to leave Perth Glory youth to concentrate on work and building something for myself, but still wanted to play in the NPL,” he explained. ‘Bayswater approached me and I spent a few months there training and played a few Night series games but didn’t follow threw as it wasn’t what I was after, and Dale was aware and got in contact with me and were able to come to an agreement which suited both parties, which fitted in with what I wanted and I’m delighted to be back.”

The move home is a good one for the defender, but he said the decision to leave Perth Glory was tough. “It was tough, in the sense leaving the boys I have grown up with and played with for the last 4-5 years, but that’s just football, from a personal point of view I needed change,” Tucker said. “I wasn’t enjoying my football as much so in order to perform and be the best I can be I needed to be in an environment where I’m enjoying myself and playing with loads of confidence because that’s when I’m at my peak and I feel I’ve found that at ECU.”

ECU senior Coach Dale McCulloch coached Tucker as a youngster in the Academy and is happy he decided to come home. “Josh is a player I have been after for a while. I coached him as a kid before he went to the NTC and the Glory. He’s not only a very good player, he is a great kid who I’m looking forward to coach again,” he said. “He fits into the player I’m looking for, very good on the ball, and can work up and down the right flank, and is defensively strong. We are all about bringing in the right people to put pressure in all positions and I feel we have done that well this season.”

Tucker said with McCulloch in charge of the club, it made his decision to head back an easy one, and he hopes to help them push up the table. “My football at the club hit new heights when I was selected in the Under 14’s with Dale and Andy Brown,” he said. “Now I want to bring something different to the side, and play to my strengths which is getting stuck in and playing on the front foot, to link up and be effective, just to leave everything out on the pitch each week.”

The academy at the Northern Suburbs club is second to none and has been the breeding ground of a number of players who have gone overseas to ply their trade, and Tucker believes there are more to come. “It’s good that the club maintains the reputation they have for producing young players because at the end of the day these players are the future of the club and I think ECU do a great job in that area,” he said. “I think ECU is a big club and deserves success so hopefully this season with the squad Dale has assembled we can make a real impact on the league and hurt teams each week.”

The defender, who was born in Newtongrange, a village outside of Edinburgh in Scotland, headed to Perth in 2007, and has been fortunate to have been a part of the Football West National Training Centre, and the experience he has gained through the program has helped him to be a better player. “I started off my first season in Australia at Wanneroo 13’s then the following year I came to ECU,” he explained. “I then went through the NTC system competing in National Championships at the AIS and travelling to Korea to play against the likes of Barcelona and Bolton Wanderers, and in the tournament I was selected for the Australia All-stars team and was invited to a Young Socceroo camp, which was a fantastic.”