Jacks snap up Greenwood for 2017

Jacks snap up Greenwood for 2017

Posted on January 3, 2017 in 'News'

ECU Joondalup have signed talented keeper Fraser Greenwood for the 2017 PS4NPLWA season.

The former Bayswater City custodian will fill the void left by Lewis Italiano who re-joined A-League side Wellington Phoenix at the end of last season, and the 21-year-old is looking forward to the challenge. (Photo – Greenwood is welcome to the club by  ECU Football Operations Manager Syd Amphlett)

“With the standard set extremely high from Lewis last season, it feels nice to be included this coming season,” he said. “Yes I’ve got big shoes to fill, but I’m itching to show everyone how I can assist in what’s already a fantastic looking team.”

Greenwood played a number of first team games for Bayswater last season and also helped the under 23’s to the league and Cup double, and the decision to leave was a difficult one. “No one likes moving from club-to-club but when there’s only one position on the park and you’re at a club with one of the best goal keepers in the state, it’s always going to be a struggle to get game time,” he explained. “I’ve spent a couple seasons with Bayswater, and don’t regret a minute of it and they have an outstanding bunch of guys both on and off the park.”

The former Bunbury Dynamos, Shamrock Rovers, Perth Glory Youth, Floreat and Bayswater custodian said once he got the call from ECU it wasn’t a hard decision to move to the club. “Steve McGarry gave me a call a while back just asking what my plans were for next year and I told him I just want to be playing first team football again,” he said. “He basically told me that ECU needed a new keeper, and the rest is history, and I can’t wait to get started.”

Jacks Coach Dale McCulloch said it’s a great signing for the club. “We’re delighted to have signed Fraser, who we believe is a one of the best young keepers in the league,” McCulloch said. “He impressed for Bayswater last season and he was one we were looking at, and we believe he will be a great acquisition for us in 2017.”

McCulloch said the club have some talent keepers and whoever takes over the number one shirt will do a job for the club. “With the help of goalkeeping coach Andy Petterson, all our keepers will be pushing for the starting role, and whoever takes the position, they will have big shoes to fill after Lewis (Italiano) starred last season between the sticks,” he said.

“Fraser has impressed the Coaching staff and is a player we’ve been keeping an eye on for a while, and he knows it’s a performance based gig, and if he continues with his form he will be the number one. We had the best defence in the league for the second half of last season and we will be looking to do the same in 2017, and the signing of Fraser has given us a massive boost.”

Greenwood had a stint with A-League side Perth Glory’s Youth side, and he said it gave a glimpse of what it’s like to play at the next level. “I think it gives you an insight to what it’s like to play in a professional environment and of course it’s something I’d like to do again,” he explained. “At the moment I’m trying to put myself in a position to play at the highest possible standard, and perform well for ECU Joondalup, but if something further comes along that would be a bonus.”

The tall keeper has worked with Jacks goalkeeping coach Andy Petterson in the past and said he’s learnt a lot form the former Charlton Athletic custodian.  “From my first goalkeeping coach when I moved to Perth in Willy McNally, to seven years down the track to Andy (Petterson), every coach has played a part to where I am now,” he said. “Each coach has been different and helped me develop at different parts of my journey to date. I’m eager to get stuck in with Andy again, and I’m sure he will be quick to jump on me about something I need to change, from what I here.”

After just missing out on the Top Four Final last season the Jacks are determined to go one better, and Green wood said he’s ready for the fight. “I think signing basically every player from last season is a pretty clear indication that the clubs doing something right,” he said. “They have all made it clear they’re not content with just settling for a top four finish. With the run home ECU had last season, it’s not ambitious to say everyone here wants to go all the way this year, and I’m hoping to help them.”