McGuigan …. Our squad is getting stronger

McGuigan …. Our squad is getting stronger

Posted on April 1, 2016 in 'News'

ECU Joondalup production line of talented youngsters has continued this season with 19-year-old Coire McGuigan the latest.

The defender started last week in the 2-0 win against Armadale, and the left back was solid as the Jacks kept a clean sheet for the first time this season. The English-born defender said it was a good team performance last week and he hopes they can kick on. “I thought the team as a whole put in a great performance against Armadale and we were deserved winners,” McGuigan said. “We worked hard in training on our defensive shape and it showed during the game, and Dave (Keenan) was excellent in goals and made some great saves.”

The ECU squad this season is a good mix of youth and experience and McGuigan said the new players and coaches are fitted in well. “The club has made some quality signings during the off season and the squad looks strong. We’ve brought in two visa players and they’ve settled in really well, so when we click it should be a good year ahead on the park,” he said. “Toughie and Steve have been great inclusions off the park and are really helping the squad improve in all areas, while bringing in Mark as the conditioning coach has also helped the fitness of the squad too.”

McGuigan headed to WA as a youngster and joined the clubs academy as an eight-year-old, and has progressed through the ranks and is a huge part of the squad this season. That being said Head Coach Dale McCulloch hasn’t settled on a starting line-up and McGuigan side competition for places is tough, and that’s the way he likes it. “Dale keeps us all on our toes and like you said he is still looking for his preferred starting line-up, so everyone is on notice,” he explained. “There is healthy competition for places in the team which is good and I hope my performance can keep me in the team.”

Assistant Coach David Tough said Coire is valuable member of the squad and performed well last week, but said he needs to be performing constantly. “Coire is a steady reliable athletic defender, and he has given us options at the back,” he said. “We have been impressed by his attitude and he is one of the best one-on-one defenders we have at the club. He’s still young and learning his trade, but if he continues to improve he will be a big assist for the club in the future.”

The Jacks host Subiaco AFC at the ECU Football Stadium on Saturday, and the defender said they will be looking to make it back-to-back, after their win against Armadale last week. “We will definitely be looking for another win this weekend against Subiaco, but there are no easy games in this league, so it will definitely be a tough fixture but I’m confident we can come out with the three points,” he said. “Like I said competition for places his high and with Josh Tucker getting back to full fitness, we’ll have to wait and see with squad Dale choose.”