Garnaut shines in starting debut for Jacks

Garnaut shines in starting debut for Jacks

Posted on June 9, 2017 in 'News'

The Jacks returning to the winners circle last week, with a 4-1 win at Armadale, and it was a good starting debut for the first team for Fraser Garnaut, who came into the side to replace the injured Ross Millard.

Jacks assistant coach David Tough said he stepped up on the day and put in a good shift. “Over the last couple of months in training Fraser has real stepped up a level and all the coaching staff have been delighted with his recent progress,” he explained.

“On Saturday he slotted into left back as if he’d been playing there all season, it was a cracking debut, and I’m sure if he continues to work hard in training he’ll develop into a big player at the club.”

The 18-year-old, who has been a standout in the under 20’s this season, was outstanding at left back and was involved with many of the Jacks forward moves, and was solid in defence, and he said he enjoyed the challenge.

“I felt I was ready to step up, and I just tried to keep things simple and I felt it worked well for me,” he explained.

“It was a good win away from home, especially being in Armadale, where it’s always extra tough. I thought we attacked very well and defended very strongly at times. We were pretty clinical in front of goal, which is always a good sign.”

Under 20’s Coach Mark Scanlan said Garnaut has been good for his side and he deserved his debut in the first team. “Fraser has arguably been the most consistent performer this season for the U20s so I’m delighted to see he’s been given an opportunity in the first team,” he said.

“He has got his head down this year and worked hard at his game, I know he’s been doing extra outside of training with us too. A couple of clubs were chasing him mid-season during the transfer window, but I’m pleased he decided to stay with us. He’s an intelligent player, and he’s had a good football education. I think he may go on and surprise a few people this year.”

Garnaut, who played at ECU Joondalup throughout his junior years, and went to Perth Glory for a season, before heading to Portugal to train with Benfica, but it was cut short after he injured my ankle, said he’s looking to keep his spot on Saturday, but that’s up to the coaching staff.

“I’ll just be doing my best week in and week out to keep my place in the starting side and places are up for grabs, so it drives the team to train harder and better,” he said.

“At ECU you always see many young players making their way into the first team and Dale likes to reward the young ones who are playing well, and it bodes well for the club in the future.”