Glory players head home in ‘Play Football Campaign’

Glory players head home in ‘Play Football Campaign’

Posted on February 3, 2016 in 'News'

It was a home coming of sorts at the ECU Football Stadium on Tuesday evening, with Perth Glory players Josh Risdon, Aryn Williams, Adam Taggart, Shane Lowry, Alex Grant, Mitch Oxborrow and Joe Knowles heading back to their former club as part of the ‘Play Football Campaign’

The Glory players, who are preparing for the long trip to Wellington to take on the Phoenix this weekend, mixed with the ECU Joondalup players, coaches and committee members, and many reminisced on their time at the Northern Suburbs club. (Right – ECU midfielder Steven McGarry chats to Glory striker Joe Knowles – (Photo Peter Simcox)

Joe Knowles made his debut for ECU under current Coach Dale McCulloch and he said it was a great to come back and catch up with his friends. “It was good going back there, it brought back lots of memories for me, all good ones,” he said.

“I played my whole junior career there so it’s always good to see coaches and former team mates.  I like the way ECU have developed and changed these last few months, things are looking really professional and positive and it’s great to see the club moving forward.”

The PS4 National Premier League WA club have former Glory midfielder Steven McGarry in their side this season and he said it was great to see the lads at the club, and he said the ECU juniors enjoyed seeing their hero’s and took part in a question and answer section after their training session.

“What a great night,” he said. “The club are really proud of the players, and we hope ECU have helped them in a small way along the road to becoming a professional football.

“The juniors enjoyed talking to the players and although they were a little shy, some of the questions made the Glory lads laugh, especially the young lad who asked Shane Lowry about Fahid Ben Khalfallah sending off on Saturday.”

Steve Amphlett has been at the club for 16 years and he said to see the players go on to play at a higher level is fantastic for the club, and WA football. “The lads left here as juniors, but they have all returned to the A-League with Perth Glory as men,” he said.

“They say you never forget your roots and talking to them tonight showed that. We’re all proud of the seven players, and we also had Ross Millard with us too, who has been on the bench for the A-League side this season, and it would be amiss of me to forget him.

“We’d like to thank the Glory for bringing them up to the club tonight and we hope they can return again one day, and we wish them all the best for the rest of the A-League season.”