Millard impress on ECU first team debut

Millard impress on ECU first team debut

Posted on February 24, 2017 in 'News'

New signing Ross Millard showed why he was in demand, after he departed Perth Glory at the end of the National Youth League, with a Man of the Match performance against Joondalup United last weekend.

The 19-year-old, who celebrates his 20th birthday on Saturday, returned home in the pre-season and he said after talking to the club and seeing their plans he jumped at the chance to return. “I’ve settled in really well, and both the coaches and players have welcomed me with open arms and I’m really enjoying my football at the moment,” Millard said.

“There were other clubs interested in signing me soon as I left Glory, but there was a small amount of time in which I had to make a decision due to the season only being two weeks away. “At the time it was just a matter of me choosing the right club where I thought I could get the best out of myself. I saw the squad and culture that was being built at ECU and I really wanted to be a part of it. There’s definitely a feel at the club that we’re on the verge of achieving something great.”

Football has sent the talented defender from ECU to West Ham United and to Stevenage FC and then Perth Glory, and he said it’s been a roller-coaster ride. “Your right there, It’s been a roller-coaster ride so far, so many ups and downs but I certainly have no regrets as I really enjoyed my time and experience over in England and at Glory,” he said. “It didn’t work out the way I planned it to over in the UK, due to things happening that were out of my hands, but its defiantly something I can look back on and be proud of.”

The decision to leave the A-League club was one Millard thought long and hard about, but having had a glimpse of professional football he still wants to follow his dream. “Yes it was a difficult one for me, the boys were great with me when I first arrived back from England and really helped me settle back into Australian football,” he explained.

“I made some good mates and memories along the way and really enjoyed my time there, but towards the end of my tenure I just felt like I needed a change of environment which led me to pursue other opportunities. I’ve been lucky enough to experience a glimpse of both A-League and the Football League over in England in which I’m really grateful for. My ambition to play professional football is still there – I just felt that I needed to go into an environment where I can enjoy my football again.”

Jacks head Coach Dale McCulloch said the youngster has a huge career in the game ahead of him. “Ross has been outstanding since joining us and he is a born leader, and after only a few training sessions you could see that, and that’s why we elevated him to the leaders group at the club,” he said. “He reads the game so well and is good on the floor and in the air, and his work rate and attitude is second to none. We are delighted he chose to come back to the club, because there were offers elsewhere, but I personally believe he can make that next step in the game.”

Millard said last week’s draw was two points lost and they are hoping to turn it around against Armadale on Sunday. “We were disappointed with the way we played as everyone at the club knows we’ve got so much more to offer,” he said. “We were OK in patches and definitely caused them problems however we didn’t do it for long enough and have to be more ruthless at both ends of the pitch. Armadale are always a tough opponent to come up against, they’re a physical side who cause a lot of teams problems, and they’re also coming off the back of a disappointing result which means they’ll be chomping at the bit to put things right, just like we are, so we have to be at our best and put in a strong performance.”