Former Jacks youngster on the international stage

Former Jacks youngster on the international stage

Posted on August 2, 2019 in 'News'

It’s been a huge couple of weeks for former ECU Joondalup academy product Sebastian Gomez, who has become the latest player from the club’s successful academy to play for a national side, after he made his Joey’s under 15’s debut at the 2019 AFF U-15 Championship in Chonburi, Thailand.

The youngster was picked up by Perth Glory last season after five successful seasons at the Jacks, and NPL Technical Director of Football Mark Scanlan said he is a great player and he is a credit to his parents. (Photo’s courtesy of FFA)

“I had the pleasure of coaching Seb with the U14s state team last year at the National Youth Championships. He was a vital player for us on and off the pitch at Coffs and scored in our opening day victory against Brisbane Roar,” he explained.

“He displayed a maturity above and beyond his age and I know he won’t mind me saying, has that Uruguayan doggedness and mentality of never quitting or accepting defeat.

“Off the pitch I couldn’t think of a more likeable kid and we’re all immensely proud to see the kid get this opportunity, and he is a credit to his parents and his father, Gabriel, must be really proud of him.”

Gomez (left with his Joeys teammates) continues the success of players from the ECU Joondalup SC Academy, that have represented their country, and heading overseas to continue their football journey.

“It’s a great achievement for everyone involved at our academy, the success of some of our former players, including Sebastian, have had in the game,” Football Operations manager Steve Amphlett said.

“We have had 33 players come through our program to become professional players around the world, and no other club in Australia could boost that.

“We have introduced a number of new initiatives this season including video analyst and playing more games in midweek to get more game time for the players, as we believe young players need to play more competitive games to improve their touch and fitness.

“The work of our NPL Technical Director of Football, Mark Scanlan, has also given our program a more professional outlook and the club are looking to continue our success in years to come.”