Perkins handed armband for 2019

Perkins handed armband for 2019

Posted on November 3, 2018 in 'News'

ECU Joondalup have appointed goalkeeper Johnny Perkins as Skipper for 2019. The Irish keeper was in great form between the sticks last season, and he was an ideal choice, according to Head Coach Dale McCulloch.

“We believe Johnny has all the credentials to lead the team next year,” he said. “He is a very good goalkeeper and demands the best out of the rest of the group. He ticks all the boxes in what we expect a leader to be and I know all the boys really respect him as a player but also as a person.”

Perkins said it’s a huge honour to be selected, but he believes there are a number of leaders within the squad. “I’m honoured and excited to lead the lads out next season,” he said. “We have numerous senior players who are all captains on and off the park and help the younger lads so realistically not too much is going to change, but nonetheless it is a real privilege to have been selected as the ECU Joondalup SC skipper.”

It was the first season for the 30-year-old and he said it was disappointing to miss out on the finals, but he said all the club made him really welcome. “On a personal level I loved it. It was just a good fit and I really enjoyed playing my football here,” he explained. “But overall though we all know we massively underachieved. With the squad we had we should have been really pushing for the top spot at the end. We let ourselves down with a few performances and it’s something we really need to learn from.

“We were disappointed to miss out on finals on the last day. With that said we were more disappointed not to have at the very least solidified a finals place before the last day. The league table doesn’t lie though, and we simply didn’t perform well enough over the course of the season.”

The Jacks have been busy in the transfer marker adding Henry Durr, Arran Maplestone and Richard Howles to the squad, but Perkins said they will be looking for more consistency in 2019 and to go one step further and push for top four spot. “It’s great to have locked in a few quality players so early and with loads of time left who knows what else might happen so it’s all positive,” he said. “There will be a few things the coaches want us to improve at and consistency will be one of them. The club and squad are ambitious so before we have even kicked a ball the minimum aim will be top four. But we know there is a lot of hard work (doggies) to be put in before any of that talk.”