Jacks re-build for 2017

Jacks re-build for 2017

Posted on August 19, 2016 in 'News'

It’s been a busy week at ECU Joondalup with the club in discussion with a number of players who will be coming out of contract at the end of the season.

The form of the side this season has seen the players being on the radar of other clubs, but the club are happy to announce they have secured the services off the bulk of the side. Skipper Ryan Lowry, Jon and Andy Higgins, Tommy Amphlett, Rikki Smith, Daryl Nicol, Gordon Smith and Kevin Moon have all put pen to paper to stay with the Jacks in 2017, and continue the success from this season.

Head Coach Dale McCulloch said it’s fantastic to re-sign the players and he said it gives the club stability. “It’s been a fantastic season and to have some continuity by signing these players and it bodes well for next season,” he said.

“The club’s committee deserve a great deal of credit, they have backed the coaches up, by agreeing to re-sign the players we required, but the success they have brought us this season will give us a huge lift for next season.

“We have a good bunch of players at the club and they get on, both on and off the pitch, but they have worked extremely hard and have a focus to succeed this season, and with two games to go, we know we have to keep our form going to reach the West Australian Top Four Finals.

“We also have some talented youngsters coming through our sides and it gives us a good balance, a mix of youth and experience, and we are confident we are heading in the right direction.”

McCulloch said it’s a bright future at the club, and the whole squad deserves credit. “Not only have we secured the services of the eight players mention, we will be sitting down in the next week to sign up the other players in the coming weeks,” he said.

“We have been delighted with the whole squad, and everyone has played their part in our success and we hope to be bigger and stronger next season, but we still have some unfinished business this season, and we hope to push into that top four.”