Jacks appoint new First team assistant Coach

Jacks appoint new First team assistant Coach

Posted on December 16, 2018 in 'News'

ECU Joondalup have added to their backroom staff by appointing former Fulham Youth / Reserves player Ross Edwards as an assistant coach for season 2019.

Edwards joined The Cottagers as a junior and was top goalscorer for their reserve side as a 17-year-old. He also had spells at a number of clubs including Maidstone United, Ebbsfleet, Enfield Town and Leatherhead, before heading to Australia and joining Cockburn City, then headed to the Campus, before finishing his football at neighbours Joondalup United and helping them to the NPL, before hanging up the boots after 24 seasons in the game and well over 1000 games.

The 40-year-old said it’s a great opportunity for him, and he is looking forward to the challenge. “The position has really been a long time in the making. I played for ECU some time back under Syd Amphlett when Dale was skipper, and I played under my good friend Toughy, when we won league division 1 at Wanneroo,” he explained.

“So there has always been a relationship there and every year in the off season we touch base about what my plans are, and I have managed to keep adding an extra season under my belt. The timing this time round seemed to fit, and with Steven (McGarry) moving to the Glory it gave me the opportunity to come in and help coach the first team.”

Assistant Coach David Tough said it’s good to have Ross on board. “Ross is a good friend of mine, I coached him when I was head coach at Wanneroo, and he has all the qualities to be a good coach and we’re delighted to have him join us at the Campus,” Tough said “He’s only just gave up playing, but he is very knowledgeable on the game and will bring a vast amount of experience on board.”

Edwards will have a few familiar faces in the Jacks squad this season, and he’s looking forward to adding to the clubs already quality coaching set-up. “I’m looking forward to working with Dale and Toughy again, and learning the ropes as they say,” he said.

“Especially all the work and planning that goes in before the season starts and into session. I’m also looking forward to linking up with some of the players, who I have played alongside before. I guess I am also excited to see what value I can add to the team and club from a coaching point of view – A great challenge ahead and one I’m looking forward too.”