Scanlan takes the reins of the under 20’s

Scanlan takes the reins of the under 20’s

Posted on October 21, 2016 in 'News'

ECU Joondalup’s High Performance Coach Mark Scanlan has been appointed as under 20’s Coach for season 2017.

The 27-year-old is looking forward to the new challenge. “I’m really excited and delighted to be given the opportunity to coach the under 20’s next season,” he said. “Last season the club made me feel really welcome straight away when I joined them, and I hope to repay them in 2017 by building on the work from last season.”

Scanlan, who worked for Perth Glory, and is also an NDC Coach with Football West, has recently completed his  coaching B-License, and he said he will be doing all he can to develop the youngsters in the 20’s. “I will be working hard to bring my football philosophies into my coaching and that’s hard work and a high intensity football,” he explained.

“I want to play an attractive style of football, like the first team, but not forgetting the defensive aspects of the game, and my team will be well prepared and very fit. It’s important role for me to develop players for the first team. Dale has a great track record of giving young players an opportunity to play NPL and I’ll be all I can to continue that.”

Senior Head Coach Dale McCulloch said it’s a great move from the club to appoint Scanlan, and he said he will also continue his High Performance Coach role with the first team. “Mark was a valuable member of my coaching staff last season, and he was a major factor on the level of fitness we had among the squad, and we ran over the top of teams late in game and that was due to Mark’s program,” he explained.

“He will bring in great enthusiasm into the role as under 20’s coach, and we will work close together to develop the young players in the side, who mark my words will be pushing for a spot in the first team. I’ve always said we have an abundance of talent at our club and it’s up to them now to get their heads down, work hard with Mark and show me they want a first team spot.”

As the first team High Performance Coach, Scanlan was part of the coaching panel and he said to just miss out on the West Australian Top Five Cup was disappointing, but he said the club made great strides. “Looking back at last season we were all pleased with the improvement we made and I thought we were so unlucky to go out on penalties the way we did,” he explained. “We came on really strong in the second half of the season, scoring more goals than any other team in the league. There is a real belief that we could beat anybody on the day, so hopefully we can carry on with that next season.”