Jones happy to be back at ECU

Jones happy to be back at ECU

Posted on February 24, 2017 in 'News'

Jacks new defender Jack Jones said a return to the club wasn’t in his plans, but after speaking to head Coach Dale McCulloch, there was only one place he wanted to play.

“It’s great to be back at the club. The lads have made settling in really easy and they are a great group to be around,” he said.

“When I decided to leave Bayswater I had a few clubs contact me, but I got speaking with Dale very soon after my decision to leave and I’m glad I have ended up at the club I grew up playing for. The way the lads finished the season last year was unbelievable and I wanted to be a part of it for the upcoming seasons.”

The 20-year-old came through the club successful academy, and growing up hearing all the players who had gone overseas to ply their trade, and when he got the opportunity to head to the UK he took it with both hands and enjoyed every minute of it.

“Growing up as a youngster playing for the ECU Academy, you would always hear about the players like Shane Lowry, Ryan Williams and Jordan Lyden going overseas to play in England,” he explained.

“So for us younger players that was our goal. I was lucky enough to have got a youth contract at Stevenage for two years and experience the life as a footballer which was a dream come true.

‘I have many good memories from my scholarship one of the best playing Everton in the 3rd round of the FA youth cup. It was a great chance to compare yourself with the best in the country.

“Unfortunately when it came to my decision at the end of the 2 years I never got offered a professional contract, so I decided to head back over to Western Australia to find work and to play in the NPL.

He headed to Bayswater, but things didn’t go the way he had expected, and lack of game time meant he had to move on. “The decision to leave City was an easy one, as I wasn’t playing as regularly as I wanted to be,” he said.

“At 20 years of age I still have plenty of developing left to do and playing games is a key factor in that process.

“I still have the ambition to become a professional footballer, but I will just have to work hard for ECU, keep improving and hopefully I will get another opportunity to see if I can play at the top level.”

Jacks assistant Coach David Tough said Jones has fitted in well and gives them options going forward. “Jack is an excellent signing for the club, he’s a winner, and we’re delighted to him back to ECU,” he said.

“He’s a strong athletic defender and he gives 1005 in training and in games, and I’m sure he is going to be a big player for us this season, as we look to maintain last season’s form.”

Jones made his NPL debut against Joondalup United last week and he said it was one that got away. “I think we’d all be lying if we say we haven’t dropped two points against Joondalup United,” he said.

‘With the quality we have in this dressing room we are capable of better and I do believe there are good things to come this season from our side. We have set our standards high and I think we can reach them.

“I’m excited for this weekend, it’s our first home game of the season against Armadale and we want to pick up our first three points of the season as quick as possible and get the season back on track.”