Iredale ready to fight for his spot at Carlisle United

Iredale ready to fight for his spot at Carlisle United

Posted on April 24, 2020 in 'News'

It’s tough for professional footballers playing overseas, on their own, away from family and friends, especially at this time with the world shutdown with corona-visa. But when you can’t get regular football with your club it makes things worse, and that’s the case for former ECU Joondalup defender Jack Iredale at the moment.

The 23-year-old is currently at English League Two club Carlisle United, but he has a fight on his hands to regain his starting role at the Cumbrians after Steven Pressley was replaced by Chris Beech in November, but Iredale is ready for the fight. “I was enjoying myself at Carlisle in the first half of the season, and was getting a regular start and things were good,” he explained.

“But the second half was a bit more difficult for me with a manager change resulting in me struggling to lock in a starting spot, but I’m looking forward to getting back and pushing my case for a role in the side. But overall, I’m loving the amount of games we were playing.”

Iredale headed to Scotland from the Jacks in 2018, joining Greenock Morton, and after a loan-stint at Queens Park, he returned to Cappielow Park and was a regular starter for Jim Duffy’s side, and he has some fond memories of his time at the Ton. “I loved my time at Morton, absolutely loved it,” he said.

“It was my first real step into professional football and the fans took to me really well so that made my time super enjoyable. I’ve a few highlights the first was signing my first professional contract with Morton, while on the pitch was scoring the goal against Dundee United away, which was in the running for the ‘Goal of the Week in Scotland.”

The move to Carlisle came around quickly for the defender, and despite his limited game time at the moment, Iredale will be up for the challenge and is working hard on his fitness back in WA. “Carlisle’s manager at the time contacted me towards the end of the season and it all happened super quick, but the opportunity to go and play English football was too good to pass up so I decided to sign for Carlisle,” he said.

“All went well at first but a change of coach changed the situation, and now I know I’ve got to work hard to get my spot back, and anyone who knows me, knows I’m up for the challenge. The club’s strength and conditioning coach Dave Waldie gives me a programme daily to complete, so I’ve been staying on top of things that way.

A lot of running with home workouts and trying to touch the ball as much as possible. The club have been fantastic with allowing me to come home and be with my family at this time, and it’s great to catch up with dad (Paul) and mum (Fiona) and friends in OZ.”

Iredale said he’s played with and against some good players in the UK and he’s relishing the challenge. “Best player I’ve played with… that’s a tough one, I’ve been lucky to play with some really good players but I’d have to say a standout would be Nathan Thomas at Carlisle,” he explained.

“He was on-loan from Sheffield United a right winger who when he’s on his game you can’t get near him. While, the best player I’ve played against would be when I came up against James Forrest against Celtic, he was frighteningly fast.”

Good luck Jack from everyone at the Campus!!