Pickering impressing on and off the pitch for ECU

Pickering impressing on and off the pitch for ECU

Posted on July 29, 2016 in 'News'

It’s been a busy time on and off the field for ECU Joondalup midfielder Shane Pickering.

The 21-year-old joined from Inglewood United this season, determined to hold down a starting role in the centre of the park, and if recent performance are anything to go by, he certainly has, with Pickering taking out the Credentia Construction Man of the Match against Floreat Athena. (Right – Pickering towers over Armadale’s Anthony Skorich)

Pickering said they are improving each game and are pressing for a top four finish. “After a rocky start to the season, we have been very impressive since the end of the first half of the season, and we have got some great results against some top sides in the league, showing our worth,” he explained.

“Going off our current form and the squad of players we have, we should be pushing for a top four spot. The spirit in the team is very high at the minute and we are playing a great brand of football. The last couple of draws have been disappointing, especially with how well we have played. A few big decisions have gone against us and with that extra bit of luck we would have had another couple of wins from those two games.

“Saying that, we have to be happy with where we’re at now after looking like finals was off the cards not too long ago, but seven games undefeated now, and with the form we’re in, teams are going to have to work tirelessly to take the points off us.”

Pickering has been versatile for the Coaching staff, playing in midfield and dropping back to pin a tight defence when required. But he’s just enjoying his football at the moment and say’s it helps playing in a good team. “I have been very happy with my performances of late, it’s great to know I’m doing my part for the team. I have been playing in more of an advanced midfield role in recent weeks and I have enjoyed the challenge,” he said.

“My game has always been defensively oriented (centre half, holding midfield) but I know I have the ability to play higher up the park, having a few assists recently and even scoring a hat trick last week in a friendly against Gwelup. First and foremost I’m happy the whole team is playing really well and we are starting to show our quality.”

Off the pitch Pickering has been juggling football with a career away from the game, attending the Edith Cowen University and started his own business ‘2 Halfs Football Development’.  “I have been very busy this season, even having to miss a game or two in the first half of the season due to outside commitments,” he explained.

“I’m currently studying a masters by research at ECU while I have recently kick started my own business with my brother of applied sports science and athlete development here in Perth. Only six months in and the business is going really well and has taken a bit more of my time than first expected this early in but couldn’t be more happier of the progress.”

There is only five rounds to go in the PS4 NPLWA season, and on Saturday the Jacks travel to Balcatta in the Week 18, and Pickering said the last time we played them was a disappointing day for the side. “Last outing against Balcatta was definitely one of our low points this year and we definitely owe them one,” he said.

“The boys will be up for it and raring to go so it should be a good game. After a week off a few of the lads have freshened up so with nearly a full squad back fit and fighting for their spot, it’ll make everyone that bit hungrier to perform.

“As (David Tough) Toughy always says, “every game is a cup final”, so we will be going in with that same mentality that we always do. We’re a 90 minute side playing some fantastic football, so we’ll be tough to beat but we know Balcatta will be up for it so it’s not going to be easy.”