New signing Orr stumped

New signing Orr stumped

Posted on May 28, 2016 in 'News'

New ECU Joondalup signing Hayley Orr will miss the next three weeks after breaking a bone in his hand playing cricket.

The 21-year-old, who has impressed since moving from Perth SC in the pre-season said he hopes to get back as soon as possible. “The injury is going well, I had surgery last Friday and it went really well,” he explained. “It happened whilst I was playing cricket with my mates, and was hit by the ball, which is unfortunate, and I will have to wait and see what the specialists say to see when I can return.”

The winger has settled in at the club, after Perth decided not to sign him, and he said the ECU squad has good depth. “I have settled well at the club, and it made it easier that I knew a couple of the boys, and knew Steven McGarry too,” he said. “The squad is quite strong this year, compared to last season, and they have a few good inclusions. But injuries have affected us recently, like Tommy Amphlett, who is a crucial player to the squad, so hopefully we can get a run on with no injuries or suspensions.”

Orr started playing as a six-year-old at Inglewood United, and played at the club until under 10’s before moving to Perth SC. He was at the Dorrien Gardens club until last season. He also travelled to Europe and had trialed at a number of clubs along the way. “I’ve played at Perth for most of my football, but in 2013 I travelled to Europe,” he said. “I went to Italy, Spain and Romania and trained and trialed with a few different clubs. It was amazing and a highlight for me in football.”

The winger has had a number of quality coaches during his time in the game, but said there is one who stands out. “I’ve been fortunate to have a number of coaches who have helped my development, but Gavin Tait, who was my coach for about 15 years, has been the most influential,” he explained. “I was with him the whole time at Inglewood and the whole time at Perth. He is by far the best coach I’ve ever had and has always believed in me, and has always helped me no matter what along the way.”

He has also been impressed with the Coaches at the Jacks, and believes they are a good team. “The coaches here are fantastic, they were all so welcoming when I arrived, and help me forget the disappointment of being let go by Perth,” he said. “Dale (McCulloch), David (Tough) and Stevie (McGarry) all have such a good passion for the game and want to win which, I like a lot, so I get along with them really well, and I hope to help them to success this season.”

Assistant Coach David Tough said the injury to Orr has come at the wrong time. “The injury for the lad has is really unfortunate, after a strong performance against Perth Glory,” he said. “He’s a talented player and is a popular lad in the squad. We wish him a speedy recovery, and to get him back in the squad as soon as possible. Just one thing Harley – Keep your eye on the ball mate!!”

He will be on the sidelines this week when the Jacks head to Cockburn City, and he said it’s a winnable game, but they need to be at their best. “Cockburn away will be a tough game, but Dalmatinac Park is usually a good pitch, so the recent bad weather shouldn’t have affected it too much,” he said. “But we go there without Goggsy (Gordon Smith) and Stevie (McGarry), but I think the players that we have, we can defiantly come away with the points, so hopefully the boys can get us back on track.”