Stallard joins the Jacks

Stallard joins the Jacks

Posted on May 20, 2018 in 'News'

ECU Joondalup have added experienced defender Kieron Stallard to their squad, after the Scotsman joined from Cockburn City.

The 28-year-old played for Falkirk in the Scottish Premier League, after coming through the youth ranks, before signing for Airdrieonians for two seasons before coming to WA, where he is has played for Balcatta and Cockburn. He also joined the A-League Central Coast Mariners Academy side in the NSW Premier League in 2013.

Stallard said he’s delighted to head to the Campus. “Dale got in contact late last week and said he was after a defender to add to the squad and asked if I was interested at all, and I jumped at the chance,” he said.

“Whether I signed or not the quality is already there to be pushing for the title, but hopefully I can contribute to an improved second half of the season on the park and off it. The ambition of the club is fantastic but I’m a big believer in just approaching each game at a time in the correct manner rather than looking too far ahead, as everyone’s seen this season, if you’re not 100% up for the fight each game you will drop points.

“So the way I see it, pushing for the title should be at the back of our minds, winning the next match each week should be the only focus.”

Jacks Head Coach Dale McCulloch Stallard is a great fit for the club. “We’re delighted to have signed Kieron, he’s a great defender and with injuries within our squad in the first half of the season, he was the one we wanted and the committee at the club have back me, and to get him on board has given us a huge boost for the second half of the season,” McCulloch said.

“He brings vast experience in the game, after a number of season’s playing in Scotland, and has shown in his time in the NPL he is a great organiser and leader and will add some strength to our back four, and I’m delighted to have him.”

Stallard said the decision to leave Cockburn was hard, but he believes it’s the best for him going forward. “To be honest I loved it at Cockburn and it wasn’t an easy decision at all to leave. They are a fantastic club who are doing very well and I think a lot of clubs should be looking at how they go about their business on the park at all levels,” he said.

“They have a very close group of lads and have Scotty Miller as manager, who is a mate as well as the coach. I wasn’t looking for a move but I live in Wanneroo and when ECU contacted me I had to have a good think about it as it’s an opportunity that probably wouldn’t have come my way again.  For me the ambition of the club, welcoming atmosphere around the place, and the quality that’s already here in the squad made my mind up.”

The defender will fit in well and he is hoping to bring success to the Campus. “I bring a lot of organisation to the team, a voice who will try to encourage and organize the boys on the park, though some might say I just moan,” he joked.

“I always try have a laugh and a joke as the most important thing for me is about having a laugh and enjoying it, and when everyone’s enjoying it the good results usually follow. So hopefully I can slot in easily with the lads and hit the ground running.” – Welcome to the Campus Kieron!!!!