Walmsley home for more success

Walmsley home for more success

Posted on March 18, 2016 in 'News'

ECU Joondalup’s new signing Steven Walmsley has come home to help the club to more success. The 23-year-old has been playing in the US College system for the last four years, and after returning to WA trained with a number of NPLWA clubs but knew he wanted to return to his former club, and help them add to their only Premier League title in 1999. “It’s nice to be back, and at home,” he said. “I trained with a couple of clubs on my return to Perth, but there is a lot of things, apart from the football, that went into making the decision to return here, but I’m happy to be back.”

Walmsley, who captained Western Australia as a youth, later playing for Perth Glory in the National Youth League, is fitted straight back in at the Jacks and said he’s working overtime to get his match fitness back. “Since I’ve been back the weather has been very warm and that’s not helped me get back to match fitness,” he said. “But I’ve been doing extra sessions and it won’t be long before I’m back to full fitness, and helping the club improve on last season. I’ve been overseas for a few years, so to get home and see the family and friends is great, and it’s nice to see familiar faces around the club.”

The chance to play football overseas is something Walmsley will never forget, and he has some great memories on and off the park in America, even playing in snow on the odd occasion. “I accepted a four year athletic scholarship to American Division 1 institution Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, Connecticut, and I graduate in 2015 with a Bachelor of Education in Physical Education Teaching,” he said of his time at the Blue Devils. “It was a live changing experience for me, the football was sometimes up and down, and playing football in the snow and cold Icey weather wasn’t the best, but I did have a great time and it was good while it lasted.”

ECU Coach Dale McCulloch said the signing of Walmsley is a massive boost as they look for an improvement on last season’s disappointing tenth place. “Steve’s brings a lot of confidence to the side in defence and midfield and give us competition for places in both positions,” he said. “He’s a good team player, good on the ball and his experience in the game at a good level will help the youngsters we have in the squad.”

Walmsley, whose international clearance was received during the week, said he has been impressed with the squad and the new signings, and he hopes to start the new PS4 National Premier League WA season with a win in the local derby against Sorrento. “We have picked up a few good players this season and you can see there is a bit of quality in the squad, and the quicker we can gel the better,” he said. “Ever since I was a kid the Sorrento games were huge, and there is bagging rights on the line, and Saturday will be know different.  It will be a big test but hopefully we can get the job done.”