Former ECU keeper helps Addicks to the title

Former ECU keeper helps Addicks to the title

Posted on May 13, 2016 in 'News'

Former ECU Joondalup keeper Ashley Maynard-Brewer has had a successful first season at English League One club Charlton Athletic.

The 16-year-old has been a regular member of Charlton’s under 16’s this season, and has been a part of the 18’s and 21’s, that both won league title’s this season.

The keeper said it’s been an outstanding season, and he has enjoyed every moment of it. “The season as a whole has been full of ups and downs it was hard coming into the under 18’s as the young goalkeeper, however I had a lot of games with the under 17’s and 16’s,” he explained. “I’ve been involved with the 18’s and 21’s in training all year and  with them throughout the season on match days,  so hopefully next year I can start to play with them more consistently.”

The move to London based club was one he jumped at, and he said they have been great and helped him settle. “I’ve settled in really well, Charlton are a good family based club so everyone is friendly which was good considering how far from home I was, they have been great,” he said. “My highlight was probably the last day of the season when we won the national final against Sheffield. Even though I was on the bench it was great to be involved and it was a great day all round for the club.”

Maynard-Brewer said his development as a keeper has improved significantly since heading to the UK, and he hopes there’s more to come. “The part of my game which I’ve improved most is probably my kicking and communication throughout the game,” he explained. “I’ve been taught that being loud, confident and commanding is a key for a keeper that plays at a high level, so during games I look to show these features.”

He has had many coaches in his career, but the one who has had the biggest influence on his football is ECU keeper coach, and former Charlton Athletic keeper Andy Petterson. “Andy has been great to work with back in WA, and he really had a big impact in my goalkeeping, and I’ll be catching up with him when I return home this month,” he said. “But since I’ve been at Charlton Lee Smelt has also been great. He worked with Arsenal last year before he came to Charlton, and I’ve learnt a great deal from him.”

The teenager, who will head back home for a break, hopes to continue his improvement next season at Charlton. “At the moment I’ve got another year on my scholarship and next year they’ll decide whether or not offer me a pro-contract with the club. However I’m confident with the way I’m going so far,” he said. “It’s been a long season, so I’m buzzing to finally get back home to see everyone and chill out for a few weeks with family and friends.”