Harold reunites with former boss for 2021

Harold reunites with former boss for 2021

Posted on January 15, 2021 in 'News'

Former Perth Glory forward Chris Harold has reunited with his former boss Kenny Lowe after signing for the Jacks for 2021.

Harold, who played 143 A-League Games for Glory, as well as stints at Gold Coast United and most recently at Central Coast Mariners, said it’s good to get back on the park and is looking forward to his first season in the NPLWA and is looking forward to working with his former coach. “I think reconnecting with Kenny was the major drawcard for me coming to ECU,” he said.

“Not considering all the other aspects of joining the club, having such a positive pre-existing relationship with Kenny was what got me excited to come and play. We know how each other operate and I respect how he looks after his players and invests in people.

“Coming from a professional context, the environment that I knew he’d create is exactly what I was chasing. The first impressions have been great, and I like what the club is trying to implement here.

“It feels as close to professional as you are going to get in the NPLWA and having spoken at length with Mark Donnelly the President, I think the club is only heading in a positive and successful direction.

“For me it is the perfect balance of feeling like an NPL club which has value in its culture and environment. But this is coupled with good coaching and facilities to make it more professional.”

The 28-year-old left professional football last season to concentrate on his law studies, but after speaking to Lowe about the opportunity to play for the champions he can’t wait to get started.

“I can already sense there’s an eagerness from within the playing group and the coaching staff to get better and not rest on the success of last year,” Harold explained.

“I will bring some valuable experience to the group which I believe will only make us stronger and more successful, along with the other players we have bought in and quality players we have retained.

“I think for a professional athlete the concept of retiring is a uniquely difficult one no matter if you are still able to play, you cannot get a contract, or your body can’t cope anymore. For me I already had finished my law degree and was ready to transition into my next career whenever the moment came.

“The break from being a pro during the COVID lockdown helped me re-evaluate what was most important to me and the state of the A-League as it currently is made me feel that the sacrifices of being a pro footballer were no longer worth pursuing. But I put myself in a powerful position having studied and given myself the option.”

Harold said he enjoyed playing in the A-League, but his time at Perth Glory was special, but he also had some challengers in the purple, but to break the club’s appearance record was great honour.

“I think my time at Perth Glory was filled with some polarising emotions, having so many fond memories as well as many turbulent and challenging periods,” he explained.

“Kind of sums up professional sport in a nutshell. However, being the all-time appearance holder at the club is something very special to me and an accolade I cherish.”