Doran signs the for Jacks

Doran signs the for Jacks

Posted on May 19, 2017 in 'News'

ECU Joondalup have been active in the transfer window and have signed Irish-born defender Graham Doran from Stirling Lions.

The 33-year-old said it’s a good move for him and wanted to thank the Lions for his time at Macedonia Park. “I enjoyed my time at the Lions and made some great friends during my time there, but I felt I needed a new challenge and ECU presented me with that,” he said. “Having played ECU three times last season I got to know and respect some of the players, which eventually lead to contact during the transfer window and here I am.” (Photo – Doran is welcomed to the club by club President Steve Wheatley)

The defender joined his new team mates this week, and said he can see why they have been successful over the last two seasons. “I hit the track on Thursday for my first session with the boys, and you can see the top quality they have all over the park, and I’m just happy to be involved and hopefully in taking us further up the table,” he explained. “The club have brought in a couple of players and you can see we’ve got a good balance, and I’m hoping to settle in, show what I can bring to the side, and get some game time.”

Doran brings a wealth of experience in WA and Ireland. He arrived in Australia in 2012 and had a short spell with Armadale, before heading Shamrock Rovers, where he helped them win the first division, before signing for the Lions in 2016. It was back in Ireland where the liking of football came to the fore.  “Back in Ireland I captained Tolka Rovers to the All-Ireland youth title with another three All-Ireland medals at underage levels with Home Farm Football Club,” Doran explained.

“I then had a small spell with Bohemians FC at Under21 level but was forced to leave as I couldn’t travel around the country with the 1st team as I was halfway​through my apprenticeship and couldn’t commit. I then went on to represent Ireland at amateur level at the age of 24, while also playing for the provincial league selection where I received another all Ireland medal.”

He can’t wait to get shirted at the Campus, and with the Jacks sitting sixth at the half way mark of the season (but they do have a game in hand, coincidently against the Lions), and win that and they will be only three points off the top, but Doran said it’s one game at a time. “At the minute we are purely focused on the big derby next week,” he said.  “A win is a must after the loss to Perth, after that we will take each game as they come and be ready for all of them.”

Assistant Coach David Tough said Graham is a perfect fit for the side. “A great signing for us, he is a top lad and is just what we need,” he said. “We’ve had a few injuries recently at the back, and we’ve tried really hard to get the right sort of player in, and Graham fits the bill. We’ve had some young players in the side and all have been outstanding, but we believe you need some experience players out there too, and it’s now up to the coaches to get the balance right on the park.”