Hulme puts his foot down to improve at the Jacks

Hulme puts his foot down to improve at the Jacks

Posted on August 6, 2016 in 'News'

ECU Joondalup under 20’s speedy winger Jonny Hulme has come on leaps and bound this season, helping the side to the Football West Cool Ridge Reserves Cup Final, and making his first team PS4NPLWA debut at Cockburn earlier in the season.

The 18-year-old said he is enjoying his football and that has helped his game improve. “I think it’s been a great season for me so far I have really been enjoying my football, and I really enjoyed the cup run as well that was a great experience,” he said. “The team had a rough start to the season, a little like our other sides, but in the past month or so we have really picked our game up, but it has been hard to get consistent results with so many different players coming in and out of the reserves and players moving up to the first team.”

The loss in the Cup Final against Bayswater was disappointing, but they beat some good teams to reach the final. “I thought we played well in the cup final especially against such a good side as Bayswater, and on route to the final we beat very good teams so that is a positive,” he said. “It was great to take the lead, but unfortunately we made a few mistakes and Bayswater punished us and got the win, but I can say the lads gave it their all on the day.”

Hulme said training with the first team squad has really improved his game, and to make his debut against Cockburn was a great feeling and gave his confidence a huge boost. “Training with the first team is great, I’ve learnt a great deal, especially from the more experienced players. Steven McGarry is always giving me tips and helping me out to grow as a player,” he said.

“I also watch what some of the things Gordon Smith, Tommy Amphlett and Daryl Nicol do, and try to bring it into my game, as they are great forwards. The opportunity to make my first debut was a great experience for me, it was a good confidence boost knowing the coaches thought I was ready for first team football, and I’ll be striving to improve my game and show Dale and the coaching staff what I can do.”

Under 20’s Coach Howard Tweets said Hulme has been an integral part of his sides’ season. “Through the season Jonny has been a valuable asset to the group, he has brought us a good balance to our left midfield areas and an individual dynamic approach,” he said. “Early season we had to work with him in relation to roles and responsibilities within the structure we played, being honest he has embraced the instruction and now works as hard defensively as he does flying forward.”

“He is a player with a good turn of pace who will always try to execute something out of the ordinary in the last third, a player who always keeps his opponents guessing and sometimes our players around him. He is a great character to have around the squad and dressing room and is both the instigator and fall guy for a lot of banter within the group which is a credit to him. There is still a lot of attributes that need adding to his game but with focus and determination I’m sure he can pick them up and improve his all round game and be a value to the Jacks.”

Hulme has played most of his football at the Jacks, coming through the academy, and he said John Brown has been a coach that has brought his game on. “I played for the ECU Academy u’10s 11’s and 12’s, where I played with some players that are now playing overseas, before I moved to a few different clubs, but decided to go back to ECU last season to play for the u18’s when Browny asked me,” he said. “He has been the biggest influence on my football, he coached me for my three years at the club, and I learnt a lot in those years.”