Oldham back at The Jacks looking for more Glory

Oldham back at The Jacks looking for more Glory

Posted on February 4, 2016 in 'News'

Jack Oldham has returned to the club this season, after a year with the Perth Glory Youth team.

The 19-year-old, who was outstanding in the 5-2 win against Balcatta, giving drive down the flanks, said he is happy to be back and is hoping to bring success back to the club. “It’s great to be back it’s like I never left,” he said. “When Dale asked me about returning and he told me about the clubs plans it was an easy choice to make. The club has lifted a notch both on and off the park and I’m happy to be a part of it.”

The defender enjoyed his time at the Glory, but was disappointed that injuries curtailing his football while he was there. He said it caught him a great deal about the game, and has made him a better player. “Yes it was a great experience, and I learnt a great deal about the game. But I never got on the park due to injury, and that was really disappointing,” he explained. “I took a couple of months out of the game and got myself fit and I feel great now and raring to go this season for the Jacks.”

Assistant coach David Tough said having a fit Oldham back is like having a new player. “We’re all delighted to have Jack back at the club and to have him fit and performing well is a bonus. He had a horrendous time at the Glory with injuries and the Balcatta game was only his second 90 minutes in about nine months,” he said. “Considering that the performance was great, and he isn’t completely match fit yet, but with the help of conditioning coach Mark Scanlan and physio Regan Arrigoni, we hope to keep his body right and he’ll go from strength to strength.”

The speedy defender put in a solid performance in the QBE Night series opener against Balcatta, and said the new import players fitted in really well on the night in an all-round team performance. “We know it’s still early days, but it was a good result, and we were confident heading into the game, but in pre-season it takes time to get to know how each other players,” he explained. “We have a good squad this year, we’ve been put through our paces by the coaches and conditioning staff and I thought that showed on Sunday.”

Oldham knows Friday’s game against Perth SC will be a tough game, but he has been impressed the way the squad is gelling together and is confident they can get a result against the ten times night Series winners. “The new lads have settled in nicely on and off the park, and the work rate of Gordon on Sunday was fantastic, and by the way I was happy with the assist for his goal,” he joked. “We know we’ll be in for a tough game, they (Perth) have been the benchmark in WA football over the years, but we’re confident if we stick to our game plan we can get the right result.”