Turner selected in WA 19’s squad

Turner selected in WA 19’s squad

Posted on July 19, 2019 in 'News'

ECU Joondalup under 18’s central defender Jacob Turner has flown out to represent the Gold Fields WA under 19’s in a three-game competition in Indonesia.

The 16-year-old was part of the 16-player squad who left Perth last night and will play three games against local teams, and it will be a celebration of sport, tourism and culture, and is one of many undertaken by the Gold Fields WA State teams to Asia.

Turner said it’s a great honour to represent your state and he’s looking forward to the tour, and he said the ECU coaches have helped him improve his game. “I’ve had some great coaches at the club over the last few years who have played a huge part in helping me develop as a footballer,” said.

“I’m very proud to be representing the state and my club in Surabaya. I’m expecting it to be a very tough challenge and would expect their players to be pretty sharp and athletic. I’m not sure that it will be as big a physical challenge as I’m used to in WA but will expect them to be able to play at a fast pace that we will have to match.”

ECU Technical Director of Football Mark Scanlan wished Jacob all the best on tour. “We’re really pleased for Jacob, to be selected for your State is a great honour and we know he will represent ECU Joondalup SC well,” he said.

“With the timing of the tour in season we know more of our players could have been involved but we’re really pleased that Jacob has chosen to take part.

“He has progressed through our academy after coming from the UK and at 16 he has already played U20s and he is a great prospect for the future.”

Brad Hassell, who will coach the side and he said it will be a good test for the players. “The players and coaching staff are hoping to give a strong account of ourselves in the games against Persebaya Surabaya,” he said.

“We know from the visit last year that they have a very strong youth academy system with talented players and it will be a good test for our lads.”

Tuner, who arrived in WA seven and a half years ago from the UK, has played at the ECU academy for seven years, while in the UK he was part of the Swansea City FC academy.

He said the ECU 18’s have improved this season and he said has also made the step yp to the under 20’s but after a slight injury he is looking forward to the tour and helping the 18’s to finish the season off well. “The 18’s have had a much better season than last year which I feel is down to the fact we have a season under our belts,” Turner said.

“We have some excellent technical players in the squad and for such a young squad more than hold our own against any other side.

“Pushing for the twenties was one of my goals for the season and I’m looking to add to the games I’ve had so far with them, although injury disrupted it a little bit recently but I’m now looking to kick on again now I’m back to full fitness.”

Good luck Jacob!!!