Maynard-Brewer signs professional contract with The Addicks

Maynard-Brewer signs professional contract with The Addicks

Posted on October 21, 2016 in 'News'

Former ECU Joondalup SC keeper Ashley Maynard-Brewer continues to impress at English League One club Charlton Athletic, and the 17-year has been rewarded for his hard work by signing an additional two-year professional contract with the club.

Maynard-Brewer, son of former Perth Glory CEO Jason Brewer, said he’s in a really good space at the moment and to sign on a processional contract is fantastic. (Photo – Ashley signs his contract with Charlton Academy Goalkeeper Coach Lee Smelt)  “The new contract is till the end of this year plus a further two years with an option for another year on top of that,” he explained. “I’m really happy with signing it and feel that I’ve improved a lot since I’ve come to Charlton and I’m grateful to have got the extension and hope to continue to improve over the next few years.”

The custodian is in his second year at The Addicks and has been a standout in the under 18’s and has also been training with the under 23’s, and he said his game has improved greatly during his time at Charlton. “The season so far has been really good, and I’ve played almost every game with the u18s and feel I’ve been improving with every game I play,” Maynard-Brewer said.

“I feel I’ve pushed on since last season where I barely played and have taken my chance. I’ve also been involved a lot more with the first team training and have warmed up with the first team during a few of their match days at their home ground (The Valley Stadium) which has been an unreal experience.”

ECU Joondalup goalkeeping Coach Andy Petterson said it’s great news for the teenager and he said he knew he would succeed. “This is great news for Ash. We always knew he was good enough to get a Professional deal but really the hard work starts now for him,” he said. “He has come a long way since I first started working with him at 13 but even then he showed that he had all the qualities to play the game at the top level.”

Petterson, who also played over 85 games for the Addicks from 1994-1998, said it’s a great club and Ashley will get the best coaching. “He is at a great club in Charlton Athletic for whom I hold close to my heart after spending 5 years there as a player myself,” he explained. “They have a fantastic reputation for nurturing and developing young talent and this was one of the main reasons we placed him there when he first went over for trials.”

ECU Joondalup are constantly in touch with Charlton regarding Maynard-Brewer and Petterson said all reports have been good. “We get regular feedback from the coaches and it has always been extremely positive on Ash, who is now a regular in the Academy U18 team,” he said. “His work ethic and desire to learn and improve has really shone through and they have high hopes for him which obviously has resulted in this contract.”

The 17-year-old was delighted to have his older brother Sam on hand to celebrate his new contract with him and he said it brought back memories of the pair playing in the back garden as kids. “It’s been really good having my older brother (Sam) over here, and he came in and signed my contract as my guardian which was great,” he said. “We went into Hyde Park the other day and had a kick about their, which brought back a few good memories from when we were kids.”

Maynard-Brewer, who headed back to Perth over the off-season, said he knows the hard work starts now, but said he wants to show Charlton their decision to re-sign him was right. “I went back to Perth and chilled out for a few weeks but then got back into it and did a few sessions with Glory Youth and ECU Joondalup which was great coming back after a year to see everyone,” he said. “Obviously my goal is to be playing first team football, but hopefully in the next few years I can get some experience on loan at a club and develop further as a keeper.”