Drummond set for NPL Challenge

Drummond set for NPL Challenge

Posted on June 10, 2016 in 'News'

New ECU Joondalup midfielder Jayden Drummond can’t wait to get starting in the PS4NPLWA, after moving from Sunday Amateur Premier League side Kingsley FC.

The 24-year-old has been one of the stand-out players in the Sunday competition, but he has always wanted to play in the top league in WA football and jumped at the chance to join the Jacks. “It’s certainly a big step for me from my previous clubs, but I’ve had people pushing me to go for a couple years now, so it was just a matter of time,” he said. “So when the opportunity arose here at ECU and with the quality that’s here, it’s hard to turn it down.”

A chat with ECU coach Dale McCulloch in pre-season had Drummond contemplating a move, but decided against it, but McCulloch contacted him again last month and the rest is history. “Dale contacted me about a couple weeks before the start of the season after a good pre-season with Kingsley and getting to the night series final, I came down for a couple of sessions and had a good chat with Dale Toughy and Steven, and the opportunity to join was there,” he explained.

“But due to having a year off football last year with fly in fly out, I thought the right decision was to stay with Kingsley and get some minutes in my legs before I give it a crack. Then I had another conversation with Dale and came down for trial in the friendly with Gwelup, and the spot was offered again, I’ve been in form with my previous club so this was the right time I felt, and it was time for a new challenge.”

ECU Assistant Coach David tough said Jayden will fit in well with the side, and believes he can make an impact in the NPL. “Jayden brings the qualities we’re looking for at the club He’s a hard working player with an excellent attitude in training who has great technical ability with an eye for goal,” he said. “All the coaches believe he has the attributes to do well at the NPL level, and it’s great to have him here.”

Drummond said the squad is strong and he said he’s looking forward to the challenge to cement a starting spot. “There’s no doubt ECU have recruited strongly this year and to be involved in this team is exciting,” he said. “I feel I’ve got the quality to play at this level, it’s just gelling with the team and getting to know everyone, then the confidence will naturally come, I’m a confident player as it is (I think you have to, to be to play NPL), so I’m just looking forward to getting out there and showing my pace on the ball and my work rate.”

Drummond was born in New Zealand and came over to Perth at the age of six, but never played football until he was 10, but once he started he couldn’t stop. He’s played most of his football at Kingsley, from under 11’s to the first team, but had a season at Wanneroo as an 18-year-old. He travelled to Malaysia in 2014 with the WA State Amateur squad, but missed out on last season tour due to work commitments.

The midfielder made his club debut for the under 20’s last week, when they fought back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2, and he bagged a goal. “It was a tough game playing for the u20s, and only training once and not really knowing the lads, but I thought we controlled most of the game but we just got caught out twice and gave away two goals,” he said. “But for me it was good to get a good 90 minutes under my belt, and it’s always good to score just makes it a bit sweeter on my debut, hopefully I bring that into the first team now that I’m eligible to play.”