Midfielder over the Moon to join the Jacks

Midfielder over the Moon to join the Jacks

Posted on June 10, 2016 in 'News'

New Scottish midfielder Kevin Moon is delighted to be a Jacks player, after joining the club in the transfer window.

A conversation with mate and ECU striker Gordon Smith put the idea in the 29-year-old former St Johnstone midfielders head, and he said it was a great opportunity to play overseas. “I spoke to Gordon and he told me how good the club was,” Moon explained. “He has been great since I’ve been here, and the club have also been really supportive to me, so I hope to kick on in the second half of the season and repay the faith they have shown me.”

Moon said the opportunity to play overseas was something he has always wanted to do and he can’t wait to get started. “It’s a new challenge for me, but one I’m looking forward too,” he said. “I thought at this stage of my career I need a fresh challenge, something to get me exciting and fall back in love the game, and that’s why I’m here. “It’s been great since I arrived, obviously I haven’t played competitive football for a while, so it took me a while to get back up to pace, but I feel now that I’m getting there, having played a couple of games for the reserves.”

ECU Coach Dale McCulloch said the midfielder has settled in well and has been impressed with attitude, and he brings all the qualities they require. “Mooner has settled in well at the club, but he’s had to be patient with the transfer window not opening till this week,” he said. “He will come into the middle of the park and add to the quality we have in there. He has all the attributes we are looking for, hard work, good on the ball and a very good leader as well, so it good to have on board.”

The talented midfielder had nine seasons at Scottish Premier League side St Johnstone, playing over 80 games for the McDiarmid Park club, which also included a loan spell at Forfar Athletic. He then joined Alloa Athletic in 2013, and played for the last two seasons for Raith Rovers in the Scottish Second Division. He started his football at Bankfoot BC and Fossoway, before joining the Saints in 2004, and he said ECU have some talented lads at the club. “There is a great set of boys here, and they have some talented lads,” Moon said. “It’s just about us all putting it together on the park, and I’m looking forward to get started, and having a strong end to the season.”

Moon or Mooner to his team mates, said he’s looking forward to his first team debut on Saturday, and he couldn’t have picked a better game to start, in the local derby against Sorrento. “I’m looking forward to Saturday, and the lads have told me about the rivalry they have, and we have the same in Scotland too,” he said. “So it’s up to the manager now to see if I’m selected and if so I’ll be doing my best to start my first team life off with three points.”