Iredale signs for Greenock Morton

Iredale signs for Greenock Morton

Posted on July 28, 2017 in 'News'

Former Jacks defender Jack Iredale has been signed by Scottish Championship side Greenock Morton, after a successful trial at the club.

He has signed a six month contract at the Cappielow Park club after impressing in matches against Turriff United, Largs Thistle, and Dunoon Amateurs, and Coach Jim Duffy offered Iredale a deal until the turn of the year. (Photo courtesy of Greenock Morton FC)

Jacks assistant Coach Steven McGarry was delighted on the news. “Everyone at ECU is delighted that Jack has signed a pro contract with Greenock Morton. He was fantastic for the 5 or 6 games he played for us and has proved he is ready to make the step up,” he said.

“In saying that the hard work starts now for Jack as it’s a whole new ball game over in the UK. It’s fiercely competitive and the game is a higher tempo than what he is used to. But I’ve known and coached Jack over the last few years and he has shown some great character and what I believe the ability to play at a higher level.”

His international clearance was received on Thursday morning and the registration approved that afternoon, meaning the former Australia Under-17 international is eligible to play a part in the Betfred Cup tie against Edinburgh City on Saturday.

Speaking exclusively to gmfc.net,  Duffy said, “Jack has played in a few matches and been training with us for the last few weeks. He’s left sided, he’s a strong boy, has good balance, good use of the ball, is aggressive with good physicality about him, so he’s got a lot of attributes.

“He’s a young lad who doesn’t really have any experience in this country, so we’re not 100 per cent sure of what level he can reach, but certainly in training he looks very accomplished and very comfortable. So, sometimes you go with that, but the bottom line is we need to see him in competitive matches, and until you throw someone in, you don’t really know for sure. But we think he has potential and that’s the reason why we’ve invited him to sign until the end of this year initially with a view to perhaps taking it a stage further.”

Iredale, who headed to Scotland after he wasn’t offered a professional contract at Perth Glory, has also featured as a trialist for Forfar Athletic during his time in the country, and Duffy explained that going out on loan to a lower league club could be an option. “I’ve spoken to him and said there are a few possibilities. One is to start off with the Under-20s and get used to playing here,” he said. “We were actually looking around for a young centre-back for the 20’s because we felt were short in that area in the development squad.

“Two is to put him out loan and we’ve had a couple of clubs enquiring about the possibility of getting him on loan straight away because they’ve seen him in the bounce games. “The final one is, because we have injuries to central defenders just now, do we pitch him right in. I’ve spoken to him about all three and he’s aware of the situation and understands it and he’s happy to give it a go.

“He knows himself that coming over here and playing is different. It’s not always the quality – it’s just a different style of football sometimes, different tempo, different expectations and different demands. But he’s certainly got something that we think is worth pursuing and if he does make his debut against Edinburgh City, we’ll see how he does, and if he doesn’t then we’ll look at it over the next few months.”