Iredale heads to Scotland for Trials

Iredale heads to Scotland for Trials

Posted on June 24, 2017 in 'News'

ECU Joondalup central defender Jack Iredale has flown out of Perth, for trials at Scottish Championship side St Mirren.

The former Perth Glory Youth defender said it’s a huge step in his football, but one he’s relishing. “I’m really looking forward to the challenge over in Scotland, and I can’t thank ECU enough, they have been great in the whole process, and let me play and get really fit,” he said. “So we’ll see what happens, it’s a big step for me but I’m confident in my football and hope things go well.”

Football in Scotland is tough and rugged, but Iredale said he’s been well caught in the game from the lads at ECU. “I’ve got the language barrier down pack, with all the Scottish lads here,” Iredale Joked. “I’m in no doubt it will be tough over there, and the Scottish game has a reputation for its physicality, and that’s something I will have to deal with.”

The 21-year-old was on the plane hours after the PS4 NPLWA game against Inglewood and he was hoping for win to sign off. “Obviously you want to win every game you play, and especially in my last game for the club at the minute, I would have liked to go out with a win,” he said.

“Going in at half time 1-1, we had chances at the start of the second half to put the game to bed, but we didn’t convert and they did, and we were chasing the game again, so it was disappointing.”

Iredale said the work of Steven McGarry has made this possible, and said he is very thankful to him. “Steven has been fantastic liaising with the Scottish clubs for me and arranging trials, His local connections with managers at several clubs, has made it easier for me to get the opportunity I need,” he said.

“I can’t thank Steven enough for helping me throughout this journey. I don’t only look up to him as a mentor and coach, but also a great family friend.”

McGarry said he wished Jack all the best. “It’s great that ECU and I could play a small part in making this possible for Jack, and everyone from the ECU Joondalup Soccer Club wish him all the best.”