Booysen fit and rearing to go at ECU

Booysen fit and rearing to go at ECU

Posted on February 12, 2016 in 'News'

When Josh Booysen returned to the club, the coaches hoped he would take his game to another level, and if his performance against Balcatta and Perth SC in the night Series is anything to go by, he certainly has.

The 23-year-old returns to the club after a stint at Subiaco AFC, and he said after talking to Dale McCulloch and the coaching staff and hearing their plans for the club he knew it was the right time to return. “There is a good vibe around the club at the moment, a lot of new players and the club has big ambitions and after talking to Dale, it was an easy decision to head home,” he said. “I enjoyed my time at Subiaco, but their style of play didn’t suit my game, so when the opportunity came to re-join ECU I jumped at the chance.”

Two games into the QBE Night Series, and ECU have won one and lost one, but Booysen said the main aim is be prepared and firing for the first PS4 National Premier League WA game. “We clicked well in the first game against Balcatta, but we were slightly off the mark against Perth, and you can’t do that in this league, you get punished and we did,” he explained. “But the night series is a great for clubs to try different things, and we will be aiming to perform well for the rest of the competition, and to hit the ground running come the league season. I know it’s still early days but the squad is looking good, and I’m excited to be part of it.”

Booysen said the two imports the club have signed have brought some professionalism to the group and he said you can see they have played at a good level in the UK. “Both Gordy (Gordon Smith) and JJ (Joseph Jones) have worked really hard since arriving at the club and that’s what you want from a striker and central defender,” he said. “Some import players come to Perth looking for an easy time, but you can see that both have played at a good level back in the UK, and they are not here for a holiday. They are working extremely hard and giving the club a huge lift and like I said there is a buzz around the club at the moment and that’s fantastic for the season ahead for ECU Joondalup.”

The lively midfielder seems to have a new lease on life back at the Jacks, and he said it was good to get some football back into his legs in the Night Series. “I really enjoyed both games, and Dale and the coaching staff have given me some self-belief and I’m enjoying being back at the club,” he said. “It was good to get two tough games under my belt and do what I do best and that is run at players. We didn’t play well against Perth, and got what we deserved, and we have a lot of improvement to make, but we will be looking to bounce back against Armadale on Sunday.”

Assistant coach and midfielder Steven McGarry said Booysen has been great in the pre-season and said he’s earnt himself a new nickname around the club. “Josh has been first class since he joined the club and he adds to group of exciting attacking options we have,” he explained. “He can play on both wings and is really dangerous in the final third, and can hopefully cause full backs problems with his pace this season.” And what about the nickname, McGarry believes the speedy winger will get more people to the game. “He’s also a handsome chap, and has already been given the tag of being the housewives favourite,” he joked. “Hopefully we can entice a few more of them along to watch the games this season.”