Jones can’t thank ECU Joondalup enough

Jones can’t thank ECU Joondalup enough

Posted on April 22, 2016 in 'News'

ECU Joondalup’s Welsh defender Joseph Jones said he can’t thank the club enough for how they have looked after him, both on and off the pitch, since the former Swansea City player headed to Perth in January.

He said the club and the City are great.  “Perth is fantastic, I really love it over here it’s everything I thought it was going to be, and more to be honest,” he said. “Everyone around the club has been brilliant too, helping me settle, helping me find a place to live and a job, and I can’t fault the club they have been a different class. To be fair I didn’t expect so much as they have helped me.”

Results on the pitch haven’t gone to plan, but Jones said they are improving each game and need to stay focused. “On the pitch we’ve had positives and negatives in the last few games, against Perth and Stirling we dominate the game early, but we don’t take our chances at crucial moments,” he said. “Then as soon as we concede a goal, we seem to drop our heads and let in another, so we need to take more positives from games and as a squad we have to realise the potential we have and start trusting each other and we will get results. We haven’t had the rub of the green in some games, but you can’t point your finger at the officials, but those little moments do change games and it seems things aren’t going our way at the moment, which is disappointing, but hopefully they will change and we will get those decisions go our way.”

Jones said they have a talented squad and the more they play the better they will get. “With the team we have and the quality we have we will start to get results, it’s just a matter of time. The game against Armadale, Subiaco and against Perth showed the quality we do have in the squad,” he explained. “But we must be patient and there are no dramas and its only early doors in the season, and I hope the boys can go and get a positive result on Saturday.”

Jones misses the trip to Floreat Athena due to suspension, but he said the squad is strong and the player who comes into replace will do a good job. “I’m disappointed to miss out on Saturday, but it’s not just an 11 man squad that goes out on to the field on a Saturday, there are a number of players that train on a Tuesday and Thursday who we can rely on,” he said. “We have a 20-man squad, and I’m more than confident whoever steps into the side, they will do a good job, and Dale and Toughie would be confident in selecting a player to do a job on Saturday and I’m positive they won’t let them down.”

The 20-year-old is also coaching the ECU under 10’s, and he said it’s a passion of his to coach football. “It’s the first league game on Sunday against Balcatta and I love it to be honest. Coaching is something I’ve been passionate about, and I’ve done my C-License back home, and coached their too, and coming out here and getting the opportunity coach is great, and I’m learning as much as them,” Jones explained. “It’s a massive positive how successful the clubs academy has been over the past couple of years and seeing the number of players at Perth Glory from the club’s academies, hopefully I can coach a couple of lads who will end up in the Glory squad one day.”