Jacks snap up Palmateer

Jacks snap up Palmateer

Posted on December 25, 2018 in 'News'

ECU Joondalup’s pre-season is in full swing, and their playing stocks were boosted last week with the signing of talented defender Luke Palmateer.

The 24-year-old was courted by a number of clubs, but he picked the Jacks and he is delighted to be on board and helping them to success in 2019.  “After training with the squad for only a handful of sessions the first thing that sticks out is the high intensity and competitiveness that comes in every drill and small sided games,” he explained. (Photo – Luke in action for his American college)

“As for how ECU will go in the coming year, I believe the squad will be able to compete with any side it comes up against and will surprise a lot of teams. I’m hoping I can bring some of the experience I’ve had throughout my career so far, as I’ve been really fortunate to be a part of some great sides.”

The defender played for Balcatta in the Premier League under the tutelage of Michael Roki, before heading to Wanneroo. He was then offered a scholarship in the American college system and spent four years in the states, before heading back and has played for Olympic Kingsway for the past two seasons.

A chat with new Jacks assistant Ross Edwards, was the catalyst for Palmateer to head to the campus, and he said it was an easy decision. “Ross, who is a part of the coaching staff now at ECU, got in contact with me regarding the possibility of joining the club,” he explained.

“I had played alongside Ross under Toughy at my time at Wanneroo, so it was an easy decision to want to join up with those two again, and to play NPL with a progressive club was too much to turn down.”

His time in America was amazing and Palmateer said it was like being a professional footballer. “I left Western Australia after playing under Toughy at Wanneroo at 19 and accepted a scholarship in New York for SUNY (State University of New York) Albany,” he explained.

“It was an incredible experience to have been there for four years, training every day and flying all over the country to play various colleges in the D1 collegiate system, it was like being a pro-footballer, and it was amazing. All of which I believe has helped my game continue to grow and hopefully that will be no different now that I’m apart of ECU.”

For Tough, the signing of Palmateer is a great piece of business for the club. “I’ve worked with Luke before at Wanneroo and the lad can play, he said. “He has all the attributes to be a success at the club. He headed to America and has developed his game, and he was outstanding at Olympic Kingsway last season, and after only a couple of training sessions he has fitted in well, we are delighted he chose to play for us next season.”

Palmateer helped Olympic Kingsway to the State League Division Two title last season, going through the season undefeated and he said the club and players were great. “I really enjoyed my time at Olympic Kingsway, and coach Graham Normanton and I struck a great relationship when I first came back from the U.S,” he said.

“But the opportunity to play in the NPL was something I wanted to do, so after two successful seasons at the club, and lucky enough to win the division undefeated I decided to move on, but it was fantastic couple of years and they had a great group of lads, I wish them all the best for the future.”