Perkins ready for new challenge at Jacks

Perkins ready for new challenge at Jacks

Posted on November 9, 2017 in 'News'

ECU Joondalup have continued their recruitment for next season by signing experienced keeper Johnny Perkins from Stirling Lions.

The 29-year-old said he is looking forward to the new challenge at the Campus. “The coaching staff made contact with me about a move to the club, and after meeting with them it was clear to me that their ambition was something I wanted to be part of,” he said. “I’m feeling excited to getting started and meeting the lads as we prepare for a new season, and I’ll be doing all I can to bring success to the club.” (Photo – Perkins is welcomed to the club by committee member Steve Amphlett)

The keeper played for Shamrock Rovers in Ireland for seven years, and also represented the Senior Republic of Ireland National Futsal team. He headed down under and played four season at Ashfield, before heading to the Lions, and was the clubs Player of the Year last season. He said he had two good seasons at Macedonia Park, but he was left a little disappointed they couldn’t kick on. “On a personal level the last two years has been good, although I felt as a team we underachieved, but I enjoyed my time there and played under two gents in Rob Milevski and Derek Johnstone (who is now at ECU),” he explained. “That being said I felt it was time for a fresh start and I really like what ECU are doing both on and off the field. The team is one I’m excited to play in, and I felt it was all a perfect fit so the decision for me to head north, was an easy one.”

Jacks Head Coach Dale McCulloch said the addition of Perkins is a huge boost for the club. “The signing of Johnny is huge for the club going forward, he has a vast amount of experience in the NPL and he will add to the talented goalkeeping stocks we have at our club,” he said. “Fraser (Greenwood) performed well for us last season and the signing of Johnny will make competition for places at training interesting and both will push each other and bring the best out of each other, which is a good problem for me to have.”

The Jacks will be looking for a big season after just missing the finals in 2017, but injuries hurt them, but Perkins said the club will be working hard to capture their first top flight title since 1999. “The ability and talent in the team was very obvious last year, but it just seemed that with injuries and other circumstances the momentum never really got going to put serious pressure on the top four,” he said. “With the players staying at the club and additions coming in I feel that the team can match anyone. It’s very early days yet and there’s a lot of work to be put in during pre-season but the outlook is a positive one.