Jacks reward talented youngster with new contract

Jacks reward talented youngster with new contract

Posted on October 19, 2018 in 'News'

After a break-out season for ECU Joondalup first team in 2018, Tom Hough has been rewarded by signing again for 2019.

The 18-year-old, who came through the club’s academy has blossomed into a versatile player and has been used by the coaches in defence and midfield, and he made 18 appearances last season bagging two goals, and he said he enjoyed the move to first team football.

“I really enjoyed being pushed into the first team this season, and I enjoyed the challenge,” he said. “I’m thankful to the lads that I was playing with who helped me fit into the squad and play some good football.”

Hough joined the Jacks in 2014, after spells at South Perth and Westside, and was a stand out in the under 15’s, and at the time he was coached by Dale McCulloch, before moving through the ranks at the club to get his spot in McCulloch’s NPLWA side.

The midfielder (left in action against Bayswater City) said he’s delighted to have put pen to paper and sign on for another season. “I’m really happy to be playing at the Campus again for the upcoming season and excited to start playing again,” he said. “The hard work for me starts now, I’ve had a taste of first team football and now I’ve got to show I deserve to keep it.”

Jacks assistant Coach David Tough said Hough has really come on over the past 12 months and they are looking for him to continue with it in 2019. “Tom really developed over the season and when he broke into the first team it didn’t look out of place,” he said. “If he continues the hard work training we’re expecting a big season from him in 2019.”

After missing out on finals in 2018 Hough said the club are determined to improve next season, and he believes they will. “As a club we were disappointed to miss out on the Top Four Cup, but that’s behind us now,” he said. “This season everyone will be eager to make finals and we have our hopes set higher, and that is winning the league.”