McIsaac settling in well at the Campus

McIsaac settling in well at the Campus

Posted on March 10, 2017 in 'News'

The Jacks under 20’s have started the season well and new defender Logan McIsaac has played a major role. His form has also seen him step up to the first team and he hasn’t let them down.

McIsaac, who joined the club from Melville City this season, has started both games and he said he’s settled into the club and they have made him really welcome. “I’m really enjoying my time at the club,” he said “I’m working hard to get back to full fitness and to be given the opportunity to start in the first team in pre-season to show the coaching staff what I can do.” (Photo – McIsaac in action on hid first team debut against Bayswater City)

The 18-year-old made his Jacks first team debut in the Night Series, and he said it was a disappointing result against Bayswater, but the game could have gone either way. “I thought we matched them for 75% of the game but they came on stronger at the end of the game, and we knew they had been training a few weeks more than us, after they missed out on the finals last season, and they are a little further ahead in their preparation, ” he said. “We didn’t take our chances on the night but the boys are getting more game time into their legs, and once we hit the start of the season I’m sure those chances will be taken.”

The big defender has played for Melville City, since arriving from the UK six years ago, and early last season had trails at English side Bury, and previously played in Qatar and Scotland as a junior. He also played for the WA under 19 state school boys in 2014, 15 and 16, and captained the side in 2016, and was selected in the Australian Schoolboys team in 2015.

McIsaac said he is grateful to Melville Coach Gavin Brown, who helped him both on and off the park. “The move to ECU was organised as a trial by Steven (McGarry) who was in contact with Gavin Brown at Melville City, and I’m really grateful to Gavin for what he has done for me,” he said. “He has been one of the biggest influences in my game, and he gave me my start in first team football and helped me develop my game over the last few years.”

Jacks assistant coach Steven McGarry said McIsaac has settled in well and will add to the depth of the squad. “Isaac has been in from the start of the pre-season, after playing with Melville City first team for the last two years, under the guidance of Gavin Brown and has also represented the State and under 19’s schoolboys level,” he said. “He’s made a good impression around the club on how he conducts himself and he’s mature for his age, and is a good communicator on the pitch.”

McGarry said McIsaac has been impressive in the Night Series. “With a few of the senior defenders out, Logan has had the opportunity to come in and play in the Night Series games, and he hasn’t looked out of place,” he said. “He’s still young and it’s important we manage him well and if he continues to work hard there’s no doubt he will have a bright future.

“I think it’s important as a club to recruit well, but what’s more important is to continually give young players the opportunity, if they are consistently doing well in training and games. Dale has done a fantastic job over the last couple of years of doing that, and it’s something the coaching staff believes in strongly and will continue to do.”