Lowe adds first new face to Jacks squad

Lowe adds first new face to Jacks squad

Posted on February 8, 2020 in 'News'

ECU Joondalup new Head Coach Kenny Lowe has added his first signing to the 2020 squad by signing Danny Hodgson from Gwelup Croatia.

Hodgson bagged 13 goals to help Gwelup to the Division One title last season and he said after speaking to Lowe the decision to join the Jacks was easy. “I believe the move is right for me and after speaking to a few lads before signing it sounded like something I would enjoy, and so far, so good,” he explained.

“After I spoke to Kenny a few weeks ago I knew it was the right decision to join the Jacks. I was happy at Gwelup, but I knew with Kenny’s coaching plans it will improve me as a player and enjoy it, so it was a no brainer in regards of the move.”

Lowe said Hodgson is a goalscorer and that’s something they need. “We are delighted to have secured the services of Danny, a player who has scored goals where ever he has played, and we hope he can do that at the Campus this season,” Lowe said.

“The club lost Joe Knowles last season, so to bring another striker was important, and Danny has hit the ground running, last week scoring on his debut.”

Hodgson played for English side Carlisle United as a youngster, but headed down under to play for Armadale in 2016, but sustained a bad injury that saw him out the game for a while.

He returned at Division Two side Olympic Kingsway and helped them to the title in 2018, before heading to Gwelup last season and also helping them to the title.

The English striker said working with the new coach is intense, but he’s enjoying it. “So far everything’s been great, and Kenny’s background of clubs he’s been at is unbelievable so he has an abundance of knowledge when it comes to football,” he said.

“He demands the best from everyone in training and games, so this will lead to everyone improving individually and as a team.”

It was a perfect start for Hodgson, bagging the winner against Cockburn last week and he said they deserved it. “It was great win, as Cockburn came at us for 90 minutes, but I thought we were solid at the back and we didn’t really let them have a chance,” the striker said.

“With the changeover at the club it’s important we use the night series as a platform to get fit, and more important get an understanding of how Kenny wants us to play.”