Higgins back and raring to go

Higgins back and raring to go

Posted on June 10, 2016 in 'News'

ECU Joondalup Coach Dale McCulloch said he was shocked when he got a call from former skipper Jon Higgins about returning to the club.

The 30-year-old retired from the game last season, but after watching a few games during this season, he began to get the enthusiasm back for the game and he’s delighted to be back. “It’s good to be back, but I wasn’t away too long, so I have settled in nicely with a top bunch of lads down here,” he said.  “After speaking to Dale a couple weeks ago, we discussed the squad and how the only thing it was missing was a little bit of experience. Technically it’s the best team I’ve been involved in, but a few older heads helps in this league.”

McCulloch said he’s delighted to see Higgy back in the fold. “It’s brilliant to have Jon back, I got a text message from him on Sunday night after chatting to him on Saturday, saying he wanted to come back,” he explained. “It was a real surprise to me and everyone at the club, but everyone knows what John’s about, he brings experience, and he is a great addition to our club.”

Higgins said the squad has good depth, and he’s looking forward to helping them to move up the table. “The club have made a couple of good signings in the window, Rikki Smith has been playing first team football for years, so brings a lot of knowledge with him, Jayden and Mooners also bring some pace and quality to the team and Phil O’Callaghan looked like he did a couple years ago at training the other night so that’s another great inclusion.”

The midfielder, who played for English Championship side Birmingham City Youth side as a teenager, has been busy away from football after getting into his running, but he said it took its toll on his body. “I love running and I got fairly serious into long distance running, but I’m not sure, but I heard you’re meant to take it easy as we get older,” he joked. “But the body just kept breaking down after a big training block, so I decided it was something I couldn’t keep doing.”

Higgins said the coaching structure at the club is great, and all three complement each other. “They are all very enthusiastic, which helps as it rubs off on the rest of the squad,” he said. “Steve has come in and taken a little pressure off Dale and Toughy on match days, as its good to have someone on the pitch directing players. Training is good and intense, and as they say you play like you train.”

His first game back is the local derby against Sorrento, a game he always used to look forward too. “I love playing Sorrento, it’s always a good contest,” he said. “They have also brought in a couple of players which we have looked at, worked on a few things on Thursday and hopefully we can put it into place at 3 o’clock on Saturday, we need to go on a little run now as there’s a few games we can take points from , starting Saturday.”