Durr heads home for 2016

Durr heads home for 2016

Posted on February 26, 2016 in 'News'

ECU Joondalup have secured the services of former Perth Glory Youth midfielder Henry Durr for the 2016 PS4 National Premier League.

The 20-year-old, who came though the ECU Academy as a teenager, spent last season at the A-League clubs youth side, but he said he’s happy to be home and after speaking to head coach Dale McCulloch, there was only one place he wanted to play at.

“It wasn’t really a tough decision to leave the Glory, I’ve thought about it for a couple of weeks and I believe it’s the best decision for me to develop my football,” he said.

“I spoke to Dale and Steve McGarry two weeks ago, and the things they said was what I wanted to hear. So once I knew I was wanted at the club, it was time to return and I’m really happy to be back.”

The Barnsley-born youngster has been impressed with the clubs recruitments heading into the new NPLWA season both on and off the pitch, and he is looking forward to helping them improve in 2016.

“The club struggled last season, but injuries were a major factor in that, but they have big ambitions, and compered to when I was here last time, you can see that,” he explained.

“The off-field set-up is second to none, with video analysis of games, and with Steve and David Tough added to the coaching staff and Mark Scanlan with the strength and conditioning, it has a professional feel about it and a good vibe around the club.

“Also on the pitch, I’ve watched a few of their games and imports Gordon and JJ have added quality to the side, and we’ve also added some local talent too, so it bodes well for the season ahead.”

Durr played his early football in the UK, coming through the Cheshire Schools FA program, before joined Macclesfield Town. He headed to Perth in 2009 and joined the ECU Academy, and had a trial at EPL club Manchester City in 2011. He headed back to the club the same year and he said the clubs academy is second to none.

“I really enjoyed my time at the club, coming through the academy to play for the first team, and when I knew it was time to leave the Glory, there was only one place I wanted to go,” he said

“I was coached by some of the best coaches in WA here, and the club have always looked after me, so it was a real no brainer to come back home.

“I’ve played with a number of ECU Academy players who have gone on to play at the top level in England, so it proves how good the academy is at this club.”

ECU Coach Dale McCulloch, who gave the then 19-year-old his first team debut at the club, is delighted to have signed Durr.

“We’re really happy to have signed Henry, we’ve had him before at the club and we know what he’s about and he’s a really good addition to the squad,” he said,

“He puts a little bit of honesty back into the squad, he will give us that. He works really hard, is good on the ball and he always has a positive attitude on the pitch, and we expect a big season from him.”

The season at the Glory was interesting for the defender, and he said it was a good experience, but he can’t wait to get back playing for The Jacks.

“John Gibson has done a good job at the Glory, but we probably didn’t do as well as we had hoped in last season’s National Youth League, but I thought we started playing a lot better at the end of the season and I think they will do well next season in the NPL,” he explained.

“But like I said ECU is where I want to be, and I’m fit and rearing to go this season. I’m cup-tied for the Night Series but I’m sure the lads will be doing all they can against Sorrento, to end the competition with a win against our local rivals, and I’m looking forward to a successful 2016 with the club.”