Time to bounce back say’s Miller

Time to bounce back say’s Miller

Posted on February 12, 2016 in 'News'

After a fantastic start to the QBE Night Series against Balcatta, a ten man ECU Joondalup came crashing back down to earth last week against Perth. Midfielder Paul Miller, who has overcome injuries and missed a number of weeks of pre-season, said it’s time to bounce back on Sunday against Armadale.

“The coaching staff tried a few new things against Perth, and gave players the opportunity to play, that’s what these pre-season tournaments are all about,” he said. “The sending off didn’t help us, but that’s part of football we changed things up after and held our own, which was a huge plus for us.”

The midfielder said he watched Armadale over the past two weeks and has been very impressed with how they are playing. “They look a good side, I watched them last week and they scored a few goals, which they struggling to do last season, and they should have won both games they have played,” he said. “It will be another tough game for us, like they all are in this league, but if we can play at our best, I’m sure we will come away with the three points.”

Miller, who joined The Jacks from Victorian NPL side Heidelberg United last season, after a season with Port Melbourne, said his injuries are all good now, and it was all about getting his body right for the new season. “The injury is OK now, but I suffered a lot of calf injuries last season and with the help of our conditioning and physio staff, I have managed it well over the pre-season,” he explained. “I’ve eased myself in to the night series, and managed two games without discomfort and hopefully I’ll be fine this season.”

The 32-year-old believes the club has brought some quality into the side this season, and once they gel they will be very competitive. “The club have brought in some really good players this season, and it was needed after a poor season last year,” he said. “Bringing in Gordon (Smith) up front is vital, we struggled in that area last season, and it gives us a great deal in the final third and when Tommy Amphlett is available the pair will be hard to stop.”

Miller said it’s not just on the pitch were the club has strengthen, with the backroom staff giving the club a huge advantage ahead of the PS4 NPLWA season. “The club has big ambitions, and they have brought in some quality in the backroom staff as well,” he said. “Mark and Regan along with Yianni, have added professionalism in conditioning and the physio side of the club, while the gaffer has brought in David Tough and Steven McGarry into the coaching panel, so it’s looking good, we now have to deliver on the park.”

Assistant coach Tough, said Miller is a perfect fit for the club, and his experience will be vital next season, with the club having some talented youngsters in their side. “Paul brings us much needed experience to our young squad, and he is a good player to have as he can play in a number of positions,” he said. “He’s played a good level in Victoria and brings a lot of enthusiasm to training, which is infectious to the squad, well them that can understand him.”