Jacks sign Perth Glory defender

Jacks sign Perth Glory defender

Posted on May 19, 2017 in 'News'

ECU Joondalup have added to their defensive stocks by signing Perth Glory defender and former Australian intentional junior Jack Iredale.

Iredale, who was training with the Glory A-League first team last season, and was an integral part of the Glory Youth side, said the decision to move was a difficult one but he’s happy to be at the Jacks.

“The decision to league the Glory was a very difficult one, and certainly one I haven’t taken lightly,” he said. “After spending such a long time at the club and making some good friends it was a tough choice to make, but it’s one I felt I had to make at his stage of my life.”

The defender has had a horrendous run of injuries, having three knee reconstructions, but he said he’s fit and ready to help the Jacks to climb the table. “The three knee recons were and absolute nightmare to pull myself through, but with the support of my family and friends I was determined to get back on the pitch,” he explained. I’ve been back playing for over a year now and haven’t felt better physically, so I feel I’m in a good place now.”

The signing of the talented defender is a huge plus for the Jacks and Head Coach Dale McCulloch said the signing of Iredale is great for the club. “Jack is a strong defender, good in the air and good with the ball, and will give us some depth to the defensive unit,” he said.

“He has had some bad luck with injuries, and has shown great determination and dedication to get back to playing football, and that is the spirit we want at our football club, he is a leader and will fit in nicely to our squad as we look to move up the table.”

The 21-year-old started his football at Quinns FC, before heading to the Jacks academy and a stint at Stirling Lions, before joining the Glory. He has also represented Australia, playing for the Joeys in 2012. He is looking forward to his time at the ECU Football Stadium. “Over the last few seasons there have been great improvements at the club, and the squad is very strong,” Iredale said. “I’m just looking forward to contributing to the club and helping them move up the table.”

Iredale will be travelling overseas in two months, and has trials in Europe, and he knows it will be tough over there but is looking forward to the challenge. “My plans are still in the early stages, but for sure Europe is where every aspiring footballers end goal is,” he explained. “So I’m excited for what’s to come on my football journey.”