Jacks quartet selected in WA 16’s squad

Jacks quartet selected in WA 16’s squad

Posted on July 14, 2017 in 'News'

ECU Joondalup SC players Ben Hinshelwood, Andres Lagos, Ben Martens and Danny O’Shea have all been selected for the WA State 16’s squad for the up-coming International Youth tournament in Shanghai, China from July 21 – 30. The tournament has teams from China, Nigeria, Bahrain, Spain, Czech Republic and host side Shanhai Shenxin.

Striker Ben Hinshelwood has been outstanding this season, the 14-year-old has been training with the ECU first team and has played for the under 18’s and now the under 20’s, and he said he is looking forward to the tournament and playing sides from all over the world.

“I’m excited to have been selected in the WA state side, and it’s great to have my fellow ECU players Andres, Ben and Danny also in the squad,” he said. “We will by playing some good youth sides from different countries, so it will be an amazing experience and a big challenge. I’m looking forward to competing against some top international players and seeing how I compare against them.”

The striker has re-joined the club this season, after a couple of seasons at Perth Glory, and he’s happy to be back. “Yes I’m delighted to be back at ECU following a brief stint at Glory. This season I have had some amazing opportunities since, and I now training twice a week with the u20s and first team, which has really helped my game,” he said.

“Playing at this level has made me think quicker and smarter as you don’t get as much time on the ball and the games are a lot faster. I love the challenge on game day when playing for the u20s and hope to score more goals before the end of the season.

“I’d like to give a big thanks to all the ECU coaches for giving me these great opportunities and all ECU players who have been brilliant, but I still have lots to learn yet to become the best player I can be.”

Defender Andres Lagos, who is in second season at the Jacks academy, said selection in the WA side makes all his hard work worth it. “Very happy with the selection, during the trials there were many good players and I thought it was going to be hard to make part of the squad but it was a very pleasant surprise when I got selected, and it makes all my hard work worthwhile,” he explained.

“It’s a tremendous opportunity, as a team and personally is a very good opportunity to play against teams from around the world. I am looking forward to it, and hope I can help the team as much as I can so we can perform the best and win the tournament.”

Lagos, who moved to Perth from Chile in 2013, has been and instrumental part of the Under 15’s, who are sitting second on the table, and he also went back to Chile earlier this year to train with a couple of clubs.

“Year by year the competition gets more attractive, we are the champions and I strongly believe with the team we have and with the guidance of our coaches we can win everything this year,” he explained.

“I’m enjoying my football and I had the opportunity to go to Chile for a month to train with clubs – Universidad de Chile and Santiago Wanderers – which was a great experience, this has made me miss some games and will have to earn my place back into the team.”

Central defender O’Shea has been a stand-out in the under 18’s this season, and the 16-year-old has also made the step up to the under 20’s. He said to play for your state is a huge honour. “I’m delighted to have been given the opportunity and to have been selected, and representing the state has always been a goal for me,” he explained.

“To be able to do so in China is an amazing opportunity, and of course whilst I’m there I’ll be hoping to impress and have as much success possible with the team. Playing football overseas is something every young footballer dreams of being able to do, so I’m definitely buzzing for the trip and I know the rest of the team is too.

“Whilst we’re there we’ll be playing against some top international youth teams so it’ll definitely be a challenge, but it’s important that as a team we go over there and make the most of every opportunity we get, and most of all enjoy it.”

The 18’s have struggled this season, but over the last few weeks the football has improved. “Unfortunately the results aren’t reflecting on the team’s performance in recent weeks, footballs a tough game and sometimes it doesn’t always go your way, but the way we’ve been playing recently, I have no doubt that we’ll start getting the results we’re after.

“Personally, I feel it’s been a good season for me, and I’m really happy with the way I’ve progressed as the seasons gone on. Being able to get a fair amount of games for the 20s under my belt was really good for me, I learnt a lot and really enjoyed it so I’m grateful to have been given that opportunity.”

From everyone at the club – Good luck to all the players