Milne makes ECU home

Milne makes ECU home

Posted on February 10, 2017 in 'News'

ECU Joondalup have strengthened their squad ahead of the 2017 PS4NPLWA season by signing Scottish midfielder Danny Milne from Ashfield.

The 31-year-old has hit the ground running and despite an early injury scare has settled in well. “I’m excited to get into competitive games after a good pre-season so far,” he said. “We have a good squad with a good balance of experience from higher levels and some good youth players, so I’m keen to get going. The team performed well in the second half of the season, and I’m hoping I can contribute to keeping that good form going.”

The midfielder spent two seasons at Subiaco in the NPL before work commitments took him overseas, and he said he enjoyed his time there. “Subiaco is a great club that are building a solid foundation for taking the club forward, through sustainable youth development,” he explained. “I enjoyed my time there and they have a great set of lads, and I wish Ian (McMurray) and Laurence (Gaughan) all the best with taking the club forward in their new managerial roles, and I’m sure they will do well.”

There were a number of clubs chasing the midfielders’ signature but he choose ECU to work with former Coach David Tough again. “There have been a few clubs interested in my services, but I had always intended on doing pre-season with ECU after getting my Australian permanent residency and things have been going well so far,” he explained. “When I first moved to Perth I was playing for Wanneroo and David (Tough) was the coach, and last season after I left Subiaco he invited me along to train with the club and I liked the set-up and the professionalism and arranged to come back for pre-season once my PR had been sorted.”

Milne has played for Wanneroo, Stirling Lions, Subiaco and Ashfield in WA, while back home in Scotland he played for Peter head, Inverurie Locos and Cove Rangers, and he said he had a lot of success back in Scotland. “I was lucky enough to be quite successful back home with regards to winning trophies, but in my final season winning the league with Cove, and scoring away to Partick Thistle on a good cup run was another highlight,” he explained. “I’m more than happy to share the video for anyone that hasn’t seen it.”

Tough said Milne’s experience will be important during the season. “Danny brings some excellent qualities to this seasons squad, he’s experienced, can play in several our attacking positions and his work rate in training and games is second to none,” he said. “I think our style of play and the training environment will only help us see the best of Danny and he’ll be an important player for us next season.”

Milne said he knows he will have to work hard to maintain a spot in the side but he’s confident he can help bring success to the club. “I’m very competitive, hardworking and like to think I have some ability,” he said. “There will be competition for places which is what is needed to continually be pushing each other and avoid complacency. I have been impressed with the training from the coaches; there has been a lot of ball work and good constructive feedback, which will make us more organised and harder to play against. I have also managed to increase an already high Scottish contingency at the club.”