Perkins ready for a big season

Perkins ready for a big season

Posted on January 14, 2018 in 'News'

New ECU Joondalup keeper Johnny Perkins is ready for a big season at the Campus as the Jacks go in search of their first Premier League title since 1999.

The 29-year-old is looking forward to the Night Series, where the Jacks take on Cockburn City in two weeks’ time, and he said the side is gelling well. “The squad is looking good, the sharpness is improving session by session and there is a lot depth,” he said. “We have been working hard since early November and there is a real excitement on the track to get started playing games.”

Perkins is one, of a number of new players at the Campus in 2018, with Adam Tong, Shane Cassidy, Josh Whitmore and Lukas De Lima joining the Jacks in the off-season, and the keeper said it bodes well for the season ahead.  “That shows the depth really, for the most part the squad from last year has stayed on plus all the additions you mentioned,” he explained. “Everyone has fitted in straight away, all the players and staff have made that seamless, with how welcoming they’ve been. There is good balance of youth and experience which I think is vital for teams.”

The Irish shot stopper has had break over the festive season and he’s been learning Scottish to understand some of the coaches and players. “Aye” I have been working on it alright. Although to be fair I think its Tongy that does 95% of the talking. If you could put me in touch with a translator for him that would be great,” he joked. “I went up north to Kalbarri for some relaxation, but Dale (McCulloch) made sure we didn’t get too relaxed though with a training programme to complete before we started back in January.”

The Jacks have big ambitions and are trying to implement professionalism on and off the park and after just missing out on the Grand Final in 2016 they are hoping to go one better in 2018, and Perkins is happy to be part of that. “It’s very obvious that the club has high standards and big ambitions and that goes hand in hand with the level of professionalism it shows,” he said. “Everything is geared for success on the pitch from the board, coaches, physio etc. so it’s our job (as players) to make sure that happens from day one when we cross the white line. It’s very early and there is a long way ahead but the end goal (set from day one) for 2018 is very clear.”

The Jacks take on Cockburn City in the First Round of the NPL-WA Night Series at Dalmatinac Park on Thursday 25th January – kick-off 8.30pm