McDarby injury battle now in the past

McDarby injury battle now in the past

Posted on May 26, 2017 in 'News'

It’s been a frustrating two years away from the game for ECU Joondalup midfielder Ryan McDarby.

The 27-year-old said he has looked on as the club rose up the table, but he hopes it’s all behind him now. “It’s been a very frustrating time with my injury, and two years away from the game I love was hard to take,” he said.

“I had a labral tear in my hip that I was trying to play with. I had surgery in the off season and it was all good, but I then unluckily tore my groin in my first game back, so it set me back another month or so.”

He may not have been on the park but McDarby was still around the group, and he has been in the middle of the huddle in the rooms after a win belting out the club song, something he learnt from his dad. “I always kept close to the lads, I’m passionate about this club and want success,” he explained.

“The song is an old ECU tradition from back when my dad played for the club, so there’s only a few of us that still remember it, and I’m the one that leads it to keep it going.”

All his hard work in re-hab was rewarded when he played his first game since surgery, coming off the bench against Perth, and he said he was delighted to be back. “I was buzzing to be back on the pitch, there’s nothing better than being back out there on a Saturday afternoon,” he said.

“It’s been a very frustrating few years with my body keep breaking down, but hopefully now I’m over it and can get a run of games under my belt.”

Jacks head Coach Dale McCulloch said it’s good to have Ryan back. “Ryan has worked extremely hard to get back playing football and if you knew him you know the passion he has for our club,” McCulloch said.

“He is the only player from the club who has played at every level from Under 12’s to the senior team, and he can play in a number of positions, including in goal, so he is a vital member of our squad.

“He needs game time in his legs and to get match fitness, and will get that over the rest of the season, but it’s great to have him back.”

The Jacks are travelling well this season, and McDarby believes if they can win their game in hand and keep on with their form they will be there or there about come season end.  “Yes we are going well, but we know ourselves that we can still improve in certain areas,” he said.

“We’ve brought in a couple of good players in the transfer window so the competition for places is good. We will just keep our heads down, work hard and take it a week at a time.”

It’s a huge game on Saturday, with the Joondalup Derby and McDarby said it’s a game the players are looking forward too. “Any Derby is a big game, and Saturday is one of them, like it is for every game now in the second half of the season,” he said.

“We will keep level headed, and it’s an opportunity for us at home to take three points, which we are confident we can do.”

Jacks head Coach Dale McCulloch said it’s good to have Ryan back. “Ryan has worked extremely hard to get back playing football and if you knew him you know the passion he has for our club,” McCulloch said.

“He is the only player from the club who has played at every level from Under 12’s to the senior team, and he can play in a number of positions, including in goal, so he is a vital member of our squad.

“He needs game time in his legs and to get match fitness, and will get that over the rest of the season, but it’s great to have him back.”