Herd joins the ECU old boys at Glory

Herd joins the ECU old boys at Glory

Posted on May 6, 2016 in 'News'

Former ECU Joondalup academy product Chris Herd has returned to WA and joined Perth Glory.

He becomes the latest former Jacks player to join the A-League club, joining the likes of Shane Lowry, Alex Grant, Josh Risdon, Aryn Williams, Rhys Williams, Mitch Oxborrow and Adam Taggart, who have all come through the clubs outstanding academy set-up.

Herd, 27, was sent over to Villa at the age of 13, after impressing in the ECU academy in 2003, and the move continued the clubs development agreement, between the English Premier League club. He was signed as a youth player at 15, and came through the ranks at the Villa academy and made his senior Villa debut in 2010. He made 36 appearances in an injury-riddled stay at Villa Park before moving to Chesterfield in 2015, making 23 appearances.

Technical Director of Football Steve Amphlett said the club are proud of the talented players who made success out of the football. “We’re really pleased we’ve been able to help players like Chris, to live a dream and play football overseas,” he said. Amphlett, whose son Tommy played for three seasons at Perth glory, said it’s great to see so many ex-ECU Joondalup players playing in the Glory side. “Many are calling it the ECU Glory,” he joked. “We have a fantastic pathway for players to go on further in their football development and our academy is continuing to unearth talented players, and we still have agreement’s with Villa to send players over, and it will continue.”

The versatile midfielder/defender has also received three Socceroos caps and was part of the 2015 Asian Cup winning squad. He has returned to Perth early with Chesterfield having just one League One match left to play, and with their survival now assured, the club have allowed him to leave the Proact Stadium and return home to realise an ambition to play for Perth Glory.

Herd said he’s delighted to head home and play for his local club. “I’m thrilled to be coming home and re-joining some former teammates of old and working with Kenny Lowe,” he said. “Pulling on the purple for Perth Glory has been something I’ve contemplated for a while and I’m keen and excited to be part of a club that is definitely on the way up. This is the right move for me, my football and my family.”

Herd’s arrival follows the signing of fellow Socceroo Rhys Williams who signed from English championship outfit Middlesbrough. Glory coach Kenny Lowe was delighted to have Herd’s signature, and he believes it is another step forward for the club. “Good players carry a good work ethic but Chris is also a good person. We look at the playing ability but we also look at the person for the job. Chris ticks both boxes and he’s a West Aussie which is a bonus,” Lowe said.