Johnstone happy to be on board

Johnstone happy to be on board

Posted on October 29, 2017 in 'News'

New ECU Joondalup SC under 18’s Coach Derek Johnstone is happy to be on board at the campus, and is excited for the season ahead.

After three years at Stirling Lions, Johnstone thought it was time to move on from Macedonia Park and when he spoke to the Jacks he jumped at the chance to head north. “I’m really excited to be at ECU, and looking forward to the up-coming season,” he said.

“Steven McGarry spoke to me a wee while ago about a possible move over to ECU and this year I was ready for a change so the timing was perfect, and I was straight into work with the trials for next season and the club have really made me welcome.”

Johnstone said his time at the Lions was great for his coaching experience and he made a number of friends and learned a great deal. “I worked with some good respectable coaches whilst at Stirling in the 3 years that I was there, it was enjoyable and a great experience,” he explained. “I’m thankful for the opportunities they gave me starting out in the NPL.”

Scottish-born Johnstone arrived in WA in 2012, and he took up coaching after injury finished his playing days. “As a player my career was cut short with a knee injury which prevented me from returning. I then turned to coaching a local amateur team. I then after a year fell out of love with the game due to the fact that I couldn’t handle not playing,” the 39-year0old explained.

“After my move to Australia in 2012, I was looking for a team for my son and one thing led to another and I ended up coaching the local amateur club in Yanchep. During that time I met Dan Evans on a coaching course who was the TD at Stirling at the time. Shortly after he called to ask me to join the coaching staff at Stirling, 1st year was with the 18’s and the last two with the 1st team.”

Johnstone said he’s looking forward to the season, and said he said the clubs junior set-up (Academy) was something that he’s looking forward to working with, and will but his own foot print on the 18’s this season.  “Well that’s what excites me the most, the fact that they do have a tradition of bringing youth up through the academy, giving them opportunities both at home in the 1st team and overseas,” he said.

“I believe that I have a good balance of both old and new methods of coaching. I’m a lover of various different playing styles, this will enable the team to adapt to the opposition and challenges we are presented with. In life what you put out is what you get back, so I approach my position with a positive mindset and a determination to succeed. My expectations for the year ahead is to finish in the top four and to push at least 5 players up into the 20’s and 1st team.”

Welcome to the campus Derek!!!