Former Jacks duo return to the Campus

Former Jacks duo return to the Campus

Posted on December 25, 2018 in 'News'

After two seasons away from the club, ECU Joondalup have re-signed youngsters Ollie Annis and Bayley Brown-Montgomery for season 2019.

The pair came through the club’s successful academy and both made their senior debuts for the club in 2016, before joining Perth Glory. Both shined for Glory’s NPL and NYL sides, helping them to the NPL Top Four Final, and a second placed finish in the NPLWA.

It’s the third signing in recent weeks, with Luke Palmateer also joining the club and Head Coach Dale McCulloch said he’s delighted to have secured them. “We are really happy to have signed the trio and they all bring good qualities to our squad,” McCulloch said.

“Ollie and Bayley return to the club after a couple of good seasons at Perth Glory and both played well as Glory had their best season in the NPL. While Luke has vast experience and has played in the US College System and was instrumental in Olympic Kingsway winning the Division Two title last season.”

Both players have had to overcome injuries in their time at Glory, but both are delighted to be back at the Campus. “I’m buzzing to be back, good bunch of lads and looking good and sharp in the weeks we’ve had before Christmas,” Annis said. “Glory was a great experience, it was great to be in such a professional environment with quality coaching, but Dale was always keen on me coming back which made it a lot easier.”

The 20-year-old said his injury is all good know and can’t wait to help the Jacks back in to finals. “The first season was difficult as I had an injury, but the physio treatment and rehab structure got me back fit and playing,” he explained. “We had two tough games with ECU last season, and I think they were unlucky to miss out on both competitions, but I hope this year we change that and compete for the top four and Cup finals.”

Brown-Montgomery said after leaving the Glory there was only one place he wanted to go. “It’s great to be back at the Campus, and to be fare there really was only one club I was going to once I had left Glory,” he explained. “It seems that everyone around me knew that I was wanting to go back there and when Dale called me and said there is always room for me that’s just why I love the club.”

Like Annis, the 19-year-old enjoyed his time at the Glory, but his stint was troubled with injury, but he hopes that’s behind him and he’s looking forward to a successful 2019 at the Campus. “My two seasons at Glory were full of ups and downs, nearly winning the league, but also getting two major injuries to my foot and Achilles saw me out for a long period of time,” he said. “But I believe being at Glory has made a better player in the long run.

“As for ECU, last year has been and gone and I think there is only a few players from last year who have stayed so once we get some games under our belt together, we will be aiming to do just as good as last season. It’s an exciting time at the club, and were looking forward, last year has been and gone and I think there is only a few players from last year who have stayed. The squad is looking good and once we get some games under our belt together, we will be aiming for a successful 2019.”