Nice one Sonny

Nice one Sonny

Posted on September 11, 2020 in 'News'

ECU Joondalup has had many outstanding keepers over the years, with Andy Petterson, Gareth Deeg, Peter Stewart, Andy Banks, Ashley Maynard-Brewer and current custodians Johnny Perkins and Joe Pollard, to name a few.

But we have a few more coming through the Academy at the moment and we have discovered another talent with Under 13’s shot stopper Sonny Inzalaco being selected in the WA Gold Fields State under 14’s squad for the second season.

The youngster said his hard work has paid dividends. “I’d like to thank my coach Tommy Jones for all the hard training throughout the season, it has turned me into a dedicated and determined player,” Inzalaco said.

“Also working with Tony Franken, has improved my confidence and goalkeeping ability, his technical goalkeeping coaching has been top quality.”

Under 13’s coach Tommy Jones said Sonny has been a huge part of his young side. “Sonny has had another fantastic season so far,” he said.

“I’ve had him in my team for nearly two years now and he’s getting better and better all the time. One of his main attributes is his attitude.

“He’s a great kid that always gives his best and works very hard at training and when he’s doing his other goal keeper training on other nights.

“I believe he’s definitely one for the future if he keeps up with the hard work at training, doing all his extras and most importantly keeping up his positive attitude.”

The youngster played his early football at Quinns and Joondalup United, before joining the Jacks Academy when he was eight, and he said the club have been great.

“ECU are a very good club at developing players and attracting top quality young players, so I’m really pleased to be a part of it,” he explained.

“Like all young players I want to play at the highest level I can, the ECU first team is the ultimate goal in club football, but I would also like to play for the Joeys or overseas one day, but I know I need to continue to work.”

The Inzalaco household is a busy one during the football season, with dad Paul coaching in the club’s academy and brothers also playing for the club.

“Yes, it’s a very busy weekend for my family,” Sonny explained. “My oldest brother, Louie, plays for the under 18’s on a Saturday, and my mum works in the ECU Clubrooms on a match day.

“My dad coaches the under 10’s academy team and my brother Frankie plays for the team, so it is very busy, but I’m very grateful.

“My parents sacrifice their free time to drive my around to matches, training and state trials, and without them I don’t think I would be the goalkeeper I am now.”

Good luck in the future Sonny!!