Marsden has football on his mind

Marsden has football on his mind

Posted on January 29, 2016 in 'News'

Football was the furthest thing on the mind of ECU Joondalup midfielder Jay Marsden last season, but the 22-year-old made the decision to put his mind back on the game and after re-joining the club he has put in a strong pre-season, and is going from strength to strength.

“It’s great to back at the club, obviously I was in and out of football last season, but I’m determined to have a good season and help the club improve,” he said. “We have a strong squad and competition for places will be tough, but it’s a great challenge for all involved.”

ECU has recruited well, and Marsden believes the squad is very strong for the season ahead, and he believes they will improve on last season’s disappointing 10th place finish. “The squad looks good, and we have a young side as well, which shows the academy at the club is working well,” he said. “Dale has brought some quality in over the summer and there is a buzz around the place at the moment and we can’t wait for the season to start.”

The 5-0 win against Ashfield last weekend was a good workout for the squad and Marsden said it bodes well for the up-coming Night Series. “We started off a little slow but it was our first serious game of the pre-season and we still have a lot to work on but it was a positive performance,” he explained. “I felt really comfortable with Stevie (McGarry) and Paul (Miller) in the middle of the park, and I enjoyed it, and we will be hoping to start the night series off with a similar result.”

David Tough coached Marsden when he was coach at Wanneroo City and said he will be a great acquisition for the club this season. “Jay played for the club in 2010/11, but moved on and I brought him to Wanneroo when I was there in my first season,” the assistant coach said. “He is a very good player, but had other things on his mind in them days but he is focused this season and has looked sharp in pre-season, and he was outstanding in the game at Ashfield last weekend, and he will have a huge role to play for us this season.”

In their first QBE Night Series game, ECU take on Balcatta at Percy Doyle Reserve on Sunday evening, and the midfielder said it will be a tough game but one he’s looking forward too. “They have recruited a number of players and we know Marc (Anthony) likes his teams to play football, so it will be a good game,” he said. “But we will be looking to start the competition off with a win, and if we play anywhere near our best I think we will.”