Scottish duo gives Jacks pre-season a huge lift

Scottish duo gives Jacks pre-season a huge lift

Posted on January 11, 2017 in 'News'

ECU Joondalup’s pre-season is in full swing, and they were given a massive boost this week with Scottish duo Gordon Smith and Kevin Moon resuming full training.

Smith, who injured his knee in the second to last league game of the season against Inglewood, has been doing all the right things in his re-habilitation, and he has stepped it up this week and he’s now 80% as he looks to return to the side hopefully in the Night Series, while Moon has been back to Scotland to see family and friends.

Smith, who was joint top goalscorer in the league last season, said it’s been a frustrating time, but he said the clubs physio and fitness staff has put him on a routine. “Yes it’s been frustrating time, but rehab has been going well,” he said. “I have been doing a lot of gym work to strengthen the muscles around my knee and have been doing a lot of running the last few months. I have stepped it up this week at training but still a couple of weeks away from my first game.”

The Former Heart of Midlothian striker said he hopes to be available in the Night Series but he is looking forward to next season’s PS4NPLWA and help the Jacks to the title. “First game in Night series will maybe come just too soon but we will see how it goes, and as much as I’m desperate to get back, I don’t want to rush it, but I’ll definitely be back for the league,” he explained. “We were unlucky not to reach the final last season, as penalties is a 50/50, but the boys will be looking to go one better this season and go all the way.”

Moon, joined the Jacks in the mid-season transfer window and was outstanding in the clubs unbeaten run,  has returned to WA, after spending time back in Scotland, and he hit the track on Thursday and said it was a little bit warmer than back home. “It was good to be back home seeing everyone, getting a break from football and giving my body a chance to recover,” Moon said. “But it is back to football now and it was great to get back at training with the boys, it’s hard adjusting to the heat but there’s no time to waste with the night series just round the corner.”

Like Smith, Moon said there is some unfinished business to take care of, and he can’t wait for the season to begin. “Last season has left a bitter taste in everyone’s mouth especially going out on penalties, but we will use that as motivation to go one better this season. We showed there is great character in the squad and I am confident we can start the season strong,” he explained. “We have kept most of the same team added with the new faces. A few young boys have caught my eye and hopefully they can go on and challenge for a regular place in the team.”

Jacks assistant Coach David Tough said it’s great to have the pair back in training and believes both will have a big say in the clubs title aspirations next season.  “Getting Kevin back for the 2017 is a huge result for us,” he said. “At the half way mark of last season we recruited well and getting Kevin was a huge signing, and we never lost a game when he played. He was always one of the top performers in every fixture he played, which is amazing considering he was carrying a couple injuries which prevented him from full training for over 7 weeks.  He’s back and injury free so it’s an exciting prospect for the season.”

“To get Goggsie back to full fitness is another huge boost for us. Not only for his performances on the park but his professionalism in training and influence in the changing room. He’s worked incredibly hard in the off season with our physio Regan to get his knee right, but I think we’ll still have him wrapped up cotton wool for most of pre-season to make sure he’s firing for the first game of the season. “Gordon had great first season ending the season as ECU’s player of the year and joint top scorer of the NPL. Considering he missed a few games through suspension and the terrible start we had last season that was a great achievement.”

Tough also said the pair are putting back into the club by coaching in their junior academy. “Both Gordon and Kevin have been outstanding as part of our successful academy coaching structure last season and this,” he said. “Both have played football at a good level and are passing on their knowledge on the pitch and sharing their professional experience with the ECU youngsters which is fantastic.”