Jacks Snap up Keenan for 2016

Jacks Snap up Keenan for 2016

Posted on February 20, 2016 in 'News'

ECU Joondalup have secured the services of former Mandurah City keeper Dave Keenan for the 2016 PS4 NPLWA season.

The big shot stopper has been training at the club over pre-season, and played in two of the three QBE Night Series games, and he is really happy to have signed for the club. “I’ve really enjoyed my time here, the lads have been brilliant, and I’m happy to be getting back into it again,” he said. “I was at Mandurah last season, and won the league, but then found out we weren’t getting promoted which was disappointing, but I want to play at the highest level I can, like all players, and with there being no promotion from Division One I made the decision to join ECU and I’m really happy to be here.”

Keenan said last season at Mandurah was a highlight for him and he hopes to do the same at ECU this season. “We had a couple of difficult seasons at Mandurah, but when Doug Hesketh come in last year he brought a new vibe around the club,” he explained.  “It was a good three years in my football at Mandurah, and I wish them all the best next season, but I’ll be doing all I can to bring success for ECU in the NPL.”

ECU Coach Dale McCulloch said Dave has fitted in well and is a good acquisition for the new season “We’re really happy to have secured David for the season, and we hope he enjoys his stay at the club,” McCulloch said. “He’s worked really hard at training and played two trial games in the Night Series for us and did really well.  He’s a big strong lad, and vocal so hopefully he can continue to improve.”

Keenan, who has been between the sticks for Rockingham City, Armadale, Gosnells City and Mandurah in his senior football, says ECU are a good side and he believes things will turn around. “You can see at training, the things we’re working on, it’s a good brand of football we’re playing. But with a lot of new players coming in it’s hard to gel, but I think we will get there in the end, we have got quality players and quality coaching staff,” he explained. “It’s a great set-up ECU have here and the club have big ambitions and we would like to finish top four and show the rest of the league we’re not just here to fill the spaces in the league and we want to compete with the big teams and hopefully we can do that.”

The big win against Balcatta in the first night series game was Keenan’s first game in a competitive game for the club and he said the big win was a perfect start, and he believes there are plenty of performances like that still in the side. “The 5-2 win flattered us a little, and we probably got a little head of ourselves and tried to play a bit too much,” he said. “We have to go back to basics and re-group, and we have this week and were looking forward to another tough game on Sunday against the Lions.”

Stirling sit on top of the table after three good wins and the new custodian said it will be a huge challenge for them but one he’s looking forward, as he starts his first official game as an ECU Joondalup players. “They (Stirling) have started the season well and I’ve watched a couple of their games and they play a particular type of football,” Keenan explained. “We do have a number of players missing this week, but like Dale say’s it gives other squad members the opportunity to shine, so if go there and play our game, we will get over the line.”

In other goalkeeping news from The ECU Football Stadium, the club would like to announce that keeper Jamie Serra has left the club by mutual consent to take up opportunities elsewhere in WA football, we wish him all the best in his future endeavors.