Maplestone ready for fresh start

Maplestone ready for fresh start

Posted on October 26, 2018 in 'News'

New ECU Joondalup signing Arran Maplestone is looking forward to a fresh start at the campus after not getting much game time last season.

The attacking midfielder joined Bayswater from Joondalup United last season, and didn’t get regular game time at Frank Drago Reserve, but he enjoyed his stay at the club and wished them all the best.

“I’m happy to sign with ECU. I’ve known Dale and Toughy a long time now, so it should be an easy transition for me,” he said. “Bayswater are a great club, and I have nothing but great things to say about everyone there, all the players, coaching staff and committee were great all season and I wish them all the best this season. But it wasn’t really a difficult decision to leave, because I just want to play more game time.”

Jacks Head Coach Dale McCulloch said Maplestone and Richard Howles are great signings for the club. “We are delighted to have signed Arran and Richard, and both have come off good seasons in the NPLWA last season,” he said. “Both are good lads and will add quality to our already talented squad. Arran will fit in nicely in the front four, while Richard will be our number nine and I’m looking forward to working with both.”

McCulloch said the club are striving hard to improve and bring success to the Campus. “As a club we are determined to improve both on and off the park and the club have supported me and I’ll leave no stone unturned to bring them success,” he said “We’re working hard to bring the right players to the Campus, and I believe we are putting together a big physical side that teams will not want to play against next seasons.”

The 27-year-old, who has played for Quinns, Joondalup United and Bayswater, and he also played one-night series completion for the Jacks but never signed on for the season, is looking forward to helping the club to success next season. “I’m looking forward to the new challenge and I just hope I can help the team as best as I can,” Maplestone said. “Hopefully with hard work and some quality in the squad we can get some good results and be challenge for honours next season.”

The midfielder is looking forward to joining up with his old Joondalup United team mates Josh Whitmore and Richard Howles, who are also at the Campus. “Yes. playing with Josh and Ritchie again will be great, we had a few good years at JUFC,” he explained. “Josh is a good friend off the pitch and I had one good season with Ritchie, where we both scored a few goals and had a good partnership going forward so hopefully we can carry on where we left off.”