Hinshelwood impressing in UK

Hinshelwood impressing in UK

Posted on October 6, 2018 in 'News'

After helping the ECU Joondalup Under 20’s to the league title last season, there is no rest for striker Ben Hinshelwood, after the 15-year-old headed to Scotland and trials with Scottish giants Glasgow Rangers and several other clubs in England.

The striker who celebrated his 16th birthday this week said to win the title with the 20’s was special. “It really was a great team effort for us to win the league,” he said.

“We had group of boys that worked very hard from pre-season onwards. Mark, Jon and the rest of the senior coaches pushed us hard and it paid off.”

Hinshelwood has hit the ground running back in the UK and is enjoying the opportunity. “I’ve been in the UK since the season finished on a bit of a holiday visiting family but have also been in at a few clubs to benchmark myself,” he explained.

“I’ve been training at Motherwell, Rangers and Peterborough. They all have great facilities and the coaches and players have made me feel very welcome. The training has been fast and physical, and I have had good feedback from the coaches and think I have done well.

“I couldn’t take part in any competitive games as was ineligible which was disappointing, but I did get to come on for Peterborough U23’s in a friendly game. I’m looking forward to next season and feel this experience has really benefited me.”

The talented striker also had trials at the Burnley Academy last season, and many at ECU believe he has a huge future in the game. Under 20’s coach Mark Scanlan said he has all the attributes to succeed in football. “Ben has been an important player for us this year and really established himself as a senior player in our side in the second half of the season,” he said.

“For a kid of 15 to net 14 goals in the league and cup in the Under 20’s shows the quality he possesses. Ben probably has double that in assists as he’s a very unselfish striker and looks to bring his teammates into the game.

“He has a terrific work ethic. Even on an off day you know you’ll still get a tremendous work rate from Ben. He works so damn hard and takes a battering from the oppositions defence. I hope he keeps his head down and keeps looking to improve himself. He also scored the goal at Dorrien Gardens that secured the league title for us on the second last day of the season, so I’ll love him forever for that.”

ECU Head of Football Operations Steve Amphlett said Hinshelwood has made great strides at the Campus last season, and that will help him in the tough rigors of football in the UK. “Ben was great for the 20’s last season, and many forget he is only 15,” he explained.

“He made his senior Jacks debut in 2017 and has worked extremely hard and his game time with the 20’s and training with the first team will have helped him in the UK, where football is tough, but we believe Ben can play at the next level and we wish him all the best in his trials in Scotland and England.”